Snapping Turtles (Five Photographs)

snapping-turtlesTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Not the cutest things in nature, rather prehistoric. They live for a very long time. The weeds and moss that accumulate on their shells act as camouflage, and they use the cover of lily pads to stalk their prey. In the summer it’s great to see them swim up for the sun. Over the winter you have to worry about their well-being if the water is too low, and in the spring if there are fast freezes it can kill them. They lay their eggs in the late summer, digging holes in the earth and covering over the eggs (a delicacy for many mammals). Most of the eggs in fact do not survive and those turtles that hatch have a hazardous journey to the water, made a little easier this year by the lowering of the sidewalks outside our nature reserve. There is some debate over the power of their jaws and people dangling their kids over the water to see the big turtles should be warned it’s a bad idea.

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22 responses

  1. I didn’t know all that about turtles, even though I had one as a kid named Turbo.

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    January 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

  2. Nice gallery and good info, Victor. 🙂

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    January 8, 2017 at 7:26 am

  3. Wonderful series of shots!

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    January 8, 2017 at 9:12 am

  4. Breathtaking photographs!!!

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    January 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

  5. Awesome photos! I’ve done a fair amount of turtle live trapping & tracking with radio telemetry & I have to say Snappers are very spirited reptiles & I adore them where they are native (like Illinois). In Oregon, they are invasive & I’d rather see Western painted or pond turtles. Biggest snapper I’ve held was 30 pounds with a 400 cm long carapace. I always enjoy your amazing photography & blog and wish you all the best in 2017!
    Cheers,
    Tyler 🙂

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    January 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm

  6. Awesome pics as usual! Thanks for sharing your passion with us!

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    January 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  7. These are some cool photos man. http://www.luiscalmeida.info

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    January 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  8. Ancient creatures – I keep a respectful distance!

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    January 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm

  9. Great captures, these are some large specimens. I rescued two of these wonderful creatures from getting squashed in traffic. One large, and one small. I carefully approached from the rear, heart pounding, and grabbed them by the tail, close to the shell – carefully keeping their head and topside turned away so they can’t bite your leg! Was able to drop them off in nearby ponds.

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    January 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  10. Nice photos

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    January 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

  11. I love your work. Very interesting and informative. Nice pics, too!

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    March 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

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