Chelydra (Snapping Turtle) was wandering on the north-east buffer corner by the fence, trying to find his way back into the marsh and swamp. Hope he got back before his predators found him. Snappers are big compared to other turtles (45 cm or so) - with a long neck and tail and a comparatively small shell. Can you see this character's three prominent longitudinal ridges on the shell and saw-toothed tail?
He/she's an ancient reptile who didn't seem to mind me getting up close to take his photo (very unusual). I'm glad because this character can be very aggressive on the land (ROM). What floral species are growing on his shell and face? Even though females move onto land to deposit their eggs, snapping turtles spend most of their time in the water. Will he be the last snapper to have the Wetland as his habitat? Will this Chelydra's future relatives exist here in years to come?
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