Snapper

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Woke up this morning to find this guy walking around in circles on the side of the house. Turned out "he" was a "she" and she was looking for a place to lay her eggs. It took her about two hours and over half a dozen trial digs before she found a spot she liked and did her thing. She spent around five hours from the time we spotted her till she got back into the water.

Looking for the perfect spot.
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Digging down.
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Cleaning up.
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Heading home.
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Joined
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Thanks Tony, never saw that species before.
Thanks Daniel, it's an Eastern Snapping Turtle. She was good sized, but they can get up to 35lbs and some males have been known to get even larger.

Good shots
Have seen this twice at the Viera Wetlands
Thanks Gale, I've seen these guys quite often, usually taking my shiners while fishing.:smile: This was the first time I've seen one away from the water and laying her eggs.
 

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