I'VE SET THE POST UP TO WORK ON THE SLIDE SHOW FORMAT. BUT YOU SHOULD READ THE COPY FIRST, ESPECIALLY FOR THE TURTLE SEQUENCE, SO YOU'LL KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.
A post to SWF, Camera Critters, and Scenic Sunday
In the water they live at the bottom of the pond on fish, frogs, and other pond life. They're not good swimmers so they tend to walk on the bottom of the pond, and they can hold their breath quite long. The male mates with the female by climbing on top of her; holding her shell, and aligning his vent with hers.
There are a number of web sites on snapping turtles, all of which are good, but Biokids.umich.edu is the best on the reproductive habits.
I saw these two in the east track wetland coming up from the bottom like a sci-fi film, complete with air bubbles and murky water. The whole episode took more than half an hour.
|And rolling around.|
|Now one of them is sideways.|
|Here's the other one.|
|Male Common Yellow-throat Warbler.|
|Juvenile Song Sparrow in a wind.|
|Fritillary on Dogbane.|