Common Snapping Turtle in a Florida Spring

Common Snapping Turtle in a Florida Spring

Every winter we make a few trips to the magical springs of central and northern Florida to swim with and photograph manatees. I love the manatees, but cannot resist the urge to explore and observe the other aquatic wildlife calling the spring home. On this day, this common snapping turtle, C. serpentina, was out in the open going about its day and was unbothered by my presence. I spent about three hours observing and photographing it. During this time I was able to observe some incredible behavior from scavenging dead fish, to breathing at the surface!

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