The Little Snappy Page
The Natural History of New Selborn Page
Little Snappy is a baby snapping turtle which wandered across the front walk on May 12, 2008 during a prolonged rainy spell. It might be a recent hatchling: it still seems to have remnants of an egg tooth. Snapping turtle eggs are usually hatch in late summer or early fall; but late broods are said to sometimes winter in the nest and emerge only in the spring. After some pictures were taken, Little Snappy was released into the garden pond. In common with so many of our seemingly aquatic turtles, adult snapping turtles often wander overland far from water. The often don't make it any farther than the nearest road.