If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day... EB White
Friday, June 8, 2012
Common snapping turtle
Common Snapping Turtle
It was interesting to see this Common Snapping Turtle while on a walk earlier this week around Bassett Creek Park. This turtle had just laid its eggs under a wood chip walking trail. The female usually has between 25 to 80 eggs. It takes between 9 to 18 weeks for the eggs to hatch, depending on the temperature.
These are not turtles that one wants to mess with. They have sharp claws and a strong bite. Snapping is their defense mechanism.
I will look forward to keeping a watch out for little turtles in the months ahead. I'm afraid many will become food for the herons and egrets that live on the pond.