On my ride home from work today I took a quick detour through Brick Pond Park and ran across this guy/gal. Biggest snapper I've ever seen outside of a zoo!
Don't get too close to these things, they can extend their head waaaaaay out, and if I remember correctly they have the highest clamping force bite of pretty much anything on the planet, they'll take a finger right off. I've helped one about 3/4 this size cross a busy 4 lane road before, I grabbed it and picked it up just forward of it's hind legs, and it shot it's head out and around hard enough I could barely hang on to it, and it could almost reach me! Really really cool animals, just keep a few feet of buffer space!
Not the biggest one I've seen, but it's a keeper. Love me some turtle stew. ;D
Best way to pick them up is to grab the shell right behind their head, and at the rear near their tail. Or, if they're not huge, just grab 'em by the tail and hold them as far away from you as possible.
And yea, they have a nasty bite. I've watched one bite a broomstick in half. Snapped it like a toothpick, so yea, a finger doesn't stand a chance.
Great pics. I've never seen one out on the banks like that before. Usually in the water or sunning on rocks or logs when I see them. I see lots of box turtles on the trails though.