|Turles in Love
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2005
|A touching love scene is likely the last thing that comes to mind when viewing these two snapping turtles, looking like prehistoric creatures (which they are), covered with green algae. But in fact this is part of the mating ritual, the male and female facing each other prior to mating.
Snapping turtles have a bad reputation, generally undeserved. They are a shy animal, preferring to slowly prowl the bottom of marshes or slow moving rivers and creeks in search of small fish and carrion. They only become aggressive if they feel they have no avenue of easy escape.
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