While snapping pictures of this Common Snapping Turtle, I may have been at risk of getting snapped, myself. Aptly-named for their powerful beaks, snappers often lay underwater, completely still.
They await passing fish, frogs, or just about any other creature small enough to swallow.
Like a trap, when the jaws close, there is no escape! When appreciating or helping a snapping turtle across the road, always be mindful of those powerful jaws and pick the turtle up by the rear half of his / her shell!
John Heintz NWR, PA, USA.
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