Eastern Snapping Turtle by swguevin

Eastern Snapping Turtle

I think I may, I think I might, have a little tiny bite... of you if you don't take that lens out of my face.



Saw this female in the grass along my daily walk. She was quite passive and I was able to get several photos.

Eastern Snapping Turtles are known to be quite aggressive out of the water, but the first sign of aggression is they hiss. She is probably looking for a sandy place to lay her eggs and was at least a .25 mile from the nearest body of water.

Not only was there one turtle on my path, which is a remarkable sighting, just a few feet away there was a second turtle and of a different breed though probably from the same pond. I posted that photo under my Like A Postcard album.

Two turtles in one day!!

Snappy here made the PP. Where she may only be for a short time as she really isn't all that friendly. Rumor is she has already tried to take a bite out of several of the other photos. :(


Great "sharpness" inher face! The eyes, beak, snout - all fantastic. Congratulations on a great catch!
May 2nd, 2012  
This is incredible to see so close up!
May 2nd, 2012  
Awesome detail! Amazing that she let you get such a relatively close shot.
May 2nd, 2012  
Cool shot. Interesting details and lovely markings and colour.
May 2nd, 2012  
@melissapike @elsbels @lesphoto She allowed the lens to be within about 8 inches of her face and never gave me any warning that she was uncomfortable. Didn't hiss. Didn't pull back. I was very calm with her and Ladybug was wandering around in another direction, but also very calm. I'm guessing this is a once in a lifetime encounter for me.
May 2nd, 2012  
Is she smiling?
May 2nd, 2012  
@bdb3471 She might have been smiling. She was very peaceful.
May 2nd, 2012  
Looks quite vicious!
May 2nd, 2012  
Wonderful capture! I really like all the details in the head and face! Excellent work!
May 2nd, 2012  
cool picture
May 2nd, 2012  
Wow what an amazing find and close up. Fab shot.
May 2nd, 2012  
Haha she doesn't look very impressed. Amazing catch. And I love the sharpness. Well done!
May 2nd, 2012  
I think that she has a rather evil grin.
May 2nd, 2012  
wow amazing capture - such detail!
May 2nd, 2012  
wonderful capture, beautiful colors of rainbow
May 2nd, 2012  
what a great shot - superb focus and great POV. She does look like she's contemplating her next move!!
May 2nd, 2012  
Cool shot!!! Love the close-up
May 2nd, 2012  
AA
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
May 2nd, 2012  
Fantastic perspective, what a great find!
May 3rd, 2012  
Such an amazing face
May 3rd, 2012  
Fantastic capture - amazing focus and detail!!
May 3rd, 2012  
great face!
May 3rd, 2012  
So much wildlife around you. Nice shot.
May 3rd, 2012  
Great shot
May 3rd, 2012  
What a dear little face.
May 3rd, 2012  
Now this my friend is an Excellent Macro!! What a find and such greaqt detail and Color! FAV for me!!
May 3rd, 2012  
I love the detail of her in this. THE coolest picture of the day. FAV!
May 3rd, 2012  
great detail and capture!
May 3rd, 2012  
Awesome shot!!! I'm leery of snapping turtles. You are brave!
May 3rd, 2012  
Fantastic dof and shot! Love the angle and details!!
May 3rd, 2012  
I love turtles and tortioses! They are amazing creatures! Great details and what a face! FAV!
May 3rd, 2012  
Wow, Sheila. This is a spectacular photo!
May 3rd, 2012  
great close up of her face, very sharp
May 3rd, 2012  
WOW, what great detail!
May 3rd, 2012  
What a great shot! You are braver than I am to get that close to a snapping turtle. I'm glad she was passive for you.
May 4th, 2012  
Nice capture. :)
May 5th, 2012  
He he - cute!
May 7th, 2012  
Details captured so well!! Lovely closeup!!
May 12th, 2012  
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