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Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

Testudines > Testudines > Chelydridae

Largest turtle in the Montreal area. Difficult to spot as it moves slowly, mostly submerged just below the surface of the water, and barely lifting its head out of the water from time to time to breath.

Usually size is not a good characteristics to distinguish a species from other. Different in this case. Adults are up to half a meter in length, way larger than other turtles in the area. Also different to other turtles is the bulky, muscular build around head and legs.

Best time to look for the Common Snapping Turtle is spring, after the ice has melted before the growth of the foliage which will provide perfect cover later in spring. Occasionally, you may see this species on land while crossing from one pond to another.

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Park Angrignon, Montreal2022-04-30
Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville2020-06-20
Rapids Park Lachine2017-04-29
Rapids Park Lachine2017-04-15