Florida Snapping Turtle Laying Eggs

Florida Snapping Turtle Digging Hole for Eggs in Sand with Back Feet

Florida Snapping Turtle Digging Hole for Eggs in Sand with Back Feet

Florida Snapper - Top View of Head and Shell

Florida Snapper – Top View of Head and Shell

Florida Snapper - Back View Laying Eggs

Florida Snapper – Back View Laying Eggs

Sometimes you just get lucky! This Florida snapping turtle was laying eggs along a trail at the Orlando Wetlands right before a thunderstorm rolled through last weekend. Notice the spiny tubercles on her neck and tail. Snappers lay 5-50 eggs, grow up to 18 inches long, and weigh up to 35 pounds. Interestingly, these turtles have wormlike growths on their tongues that they wiggle to attract fish.Β  Never touch one – they are called snappers for a reason!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

9 Responses to Florida Snapping Turtle Laying Eggs

  1. mrsbearfoot says:

    I’ll trust ya on that! πŸ˜€
    ~Lindy

  2. haddyism says:

    I had a snapping turtle once as a pet

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