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Little Snapping Turtle

Baby Snapping Turtle
Top Side of the Turtle

I encountered a tiny Snapping Turtle crossing the road today. I had almost hit it but quickly realized what it was and then gave it an escort to avoid becoming crow food.

Baby Snapping Turtle
Safe on the side of the road

Baby Snapping Turtle
Bottom Side of the Turtle

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30 responses

  1. I’ve never seen a baby snapping turtle before. Their undersides are still soft and vulnerable. Cute and ugly at the same time!

    25 June 2009 at 10:36 pm

  2. How cute!

    26 June 2009 at 12:50 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    That is the tiniest snapper Ihave ever seen. With the way the underside is configured I can see how they stand up so high when they walk. I have seen more snappers this spring along the road than I have ever seen in one year. It must be all the rain getting them up and out of their usual digs.

    26 June 2009 at 1:35 am

  4. A baby dinosaur.

    26 June 2009 at 6:38 am

  5. It is amazing to think they grow up to be so big when they start out that tiny!

    26 June 2009 at 6:46 am

  6. Strange how ‘miniature’ bumpy and wrinkled is adorable and full grown is terrifying!

    26 June 2009 at 7:08 am

  7. MObugs41

    There is a NWR called Squaw Creek near where I live, and some springs and early summers there are what seem like hundreds of these tiny baby snappers crossing the roads through the refuge. I too would stop and help them along their way. Very nice photo of an often misjudged creature.

    26 June 2009 at 10:33 am

  8. I’ve never seen such a little snapping turtle before. Thanks for helping him and for sharing the photograph.

    26 June 2009 at 11:06 am

  9. Brings back memories. Two years ago, we were on a ranger-led bird walk in Acadia National park when my wife came across little snappers just emerging from a small hole in a bank and tumbling down the bank toward the water. Suddenly the bird walk shirted gears and became a snapper walk.

    26 June 2009 at 11:26 am

  10. Gosh–I too have never seen a baby snapper. The only ones I have seen are the adults who are snapping away, intimidating me.

    26 June 2009 at 11:45 am

  11. I wish I could see a baby…the only ones I get to see are the ones that have reached the size of our ottoman!
    So cute…and so ugly…but so cute….

    26 June 2009 at 3:16 pm

  12. Hopefully, with your help, he will become a big one at the top of the food chain.

    26 June 2009 at 8:54 pm

  13. Grace

    Cute little “nipper.” Love his duckweed camo.

    26 June 2009 at 11:09 pm

  14. lookit how tiny it is! Do you think that’s a fairly newly hatched baby? Thanks for saving it!

    27 June 2009 at 4:18 pm

  15. Tom- These 1-2 year old snappers are my favorite size. Just big enough to have some interest, not big enough so that easily take your flesh.


    27 June 2009 at 9:47 pm

  16. Such a funny little fella!

    28 June 2009 at 8:33 pm

  17. Oh, this brings back so many memories of my ‘turtle raising’ days. Makes me want to start all over again! Thanks for the memories!

    29 June 2009 at 12:42 pm

  18. That sure is a little whipper snapper! Watch those fingers!

    29 June 2009 at 9:53 pm

  19. The problem with cute little snappers… is that they grow up to be BIG mean snappers 😦
    I prefer to hang out with Box Turtles.

    30 June 2009 at 4:35 pm

  20. Melissa

    Good shots its so tiny and harmless looking=)

    5 July 2009 at 3:54 pm

  21. Marg

    wow-what a little guy!

    6 July 2009 at 10:07 am

  22. Thanks so much for helping this fellow across the road — it’s so heartening to see people stop like that to help someone out =)

    7 July 2009 at 5:01 pm

  23. What a sweet little turtle! I hate seeing them as roadkill here, and sometimes there are some large ones.

    8 July 2009 at 12:24 pm

  24. Snappers rule.

    The big Snappers in the pond were always a worthy and welcome distraction from the warblers at Ohio’s Crane Creek – and that is saying something.

    You’re being missed, Mon@rch.

    16 July 2009 at 4:38 am

  25. OH such lovel pics of the turtle and the deer!!!! Man I need to get by here more often~and bring my kids! *THANK YOU!* for all the amazing things you share! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

    24 July 2009 at 8:31 pm

  26. Mel

    Wow, never seen those before.
    You are a hero! 😉

    27 July 2009 at 6:51 pm

  27. I remember a friend of mine got his finger caught in a big Snapping Turtle’s mouth. His grandfather had to cut the head off the poor thing in order to get his grandson’s finger out.-Was there another way?

    28 July 2009 at 6:19 pm

  28. I want to see you do that to the same turtle in about 5 years Tom 🙂

    28 July 2009 at 6:42 pm

  29. I’m so glad you found and saved this little turtle! Beautiful pictures, Tom. 🙂

    29 July 2009 at 11:44 am

  30. Cute – we have only seen them when they are monster size hunting for duck legs in our neighborhood pond..

    3 August 2009 at 9:39 pm

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