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Common Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina

Largest turtle in the Montreal area. Difficult to spot as it moves slowly, mostly submerged just below the surface of the water, and barely lifting its head out of the water from time to time to breath.

Common Names

  • Common Snapping Turtle (en)
  • Tortuga mordedora (es)
  • Tortue serpentine (fr)
  • Schnappschildkröte (de)

Taxonomy

  • Testudines
  • Chelydridae
  • Chelydra serpentina

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

Best time to look for the Common Snapping Turtle is spring, after the ice has melted before the growth of the foliage which will provide perfect cover later in spring. Occasionally, you may see this species on land while crossing from one pond to another.

How to Identify

Usually size is not a good characteristics to distinguish a species from other. Different in this case. Adults are up to half a meter in length, way larger than other turtles in the area. Also different to other turtles is the bulky, muscular build around head and legs.

Photos

Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle

Park de la Frayère, Boucherville - 2020-06-20

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/2500; Aperture f/22; Iso 8000;

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-04-29

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1100;

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-04-15

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 460mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;

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