Snapping Turtle visits Land Trust

The common snapping turtle is noted for its combative disposition when out of the water with its powerful beak-like jaws, and highly mobile head and neck. In water, they are likely to flee and hide themselves underwater in sediment. Snapping turtles have a life-history strategy characterized by high and variable mortality of embryos and hatchlings, delayed sexual maturity, extended adult longevity, and repeated reproductive events with low reproductive success per reproductive event. Females, and presumably also males, in more northern populations mature later (at 15–20 years) and at a larger size. Lifespan in the wild is poorly known, but long-term mark-recapture data suggest a maximum age over 100 years.[3]

Spotted this morning entering the Land Trust parcel on Sleepy Hollow Road. Probably in search of a mate or nesting site.

You never know what you'll encounter on a walk in the woods. Enjoy our open spaces!!!