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Wild Animals (Not commonly kept as pets)

Snapping Turtle

Close up - A large snapping turtle with its head out and large claws showing on its feet in the middle of a highway next to a double yellow painted line.

A large snapping turtle in the middle of a road.

Close up - A Snapping turtle with its head in its shell waiting on a rock

People often catch snapping turtles and make snapper soup out of them. This fella was lucky that he was not found by turtle hunters.

The right side of a Snapping turtle with its head in its shell and tail out waiting on a rock.

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The left side of a Snapping turtle with its head in its shell and tail out waiting on a rock

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The back right side of a Snapping turtle with its tail out waiting on a rock

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The left side of a Snapping turtle with its tail and its head in its shell waiting on a rock half covered in mud

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The front left side of a Snapping Turtle that is waiting on grass with its head in its shell

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The front left side of a Snapping turtle that is walking across a grass surface with its head in its shell

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

The front left side of a Snapping turtle that is walking across grass with its head in its shell half covered in mud

Snapping turtle spotted in northeastern PA.

A Snapping turtle is having its tail grabbed by a person in mud

Moving the turtle to a nearby pond. Never pick up a snapper by putting your hands on the sides of its shell. Its long neck can turn around and bite your arm. Picking it up by its tail is one way to move a snapping turtle, keeping its head from reaching your skin.

A Snapping Turle is being grabbe by its tail by a person walking across a grass surface.

This turtle is not happy about being picked up.

A Snapping turtle with its mouth open is being held by a person.

If he could reach, he'd take a bite out of that guy's side.

The back of a Snapping Turtle that is walking towards a pond

The snapper was placed at the water's edge.

The back left side of a Snapping turtle beginning to get in a pondThe right side of a Snapping Turtle that is walking out of pondClose Up - Top down view of a Snapping turtle walking out of pondThe back of a Snapping turtle that is submerging into a pond

He soon disappeared into the pond.