Dr. Wifey and I were just talking about how we had not seen any snapping turtles yet, hoping the influx of water had not had an adverse effect. Then Joe Hatfield got a picture of this big fellow in Hampton. This is the time of the year when males are beginning to hike around looking for new ponds that might contain female turtles.
Someone remarked this turtle, which does seem to be in very good flesh, was one of the largest seen in the area. Generally, the ones you see earlier are the males, which are bigger. The ones seen later in the year are females on their way to nesting sites and they are generally a bit smaller, although in a long-lived species that grows continuously, this may be relative.
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