Snap by Kim McClain Gregal

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Snapping turtle! Photo taken with a Nikon D90 DSLR and a Sigma 17-70 mm lens

We went to this crabfest at Baypoint, New Jersey where and this guy had a twenty year old pet snapping turtle. Notice his arm band for more Crabs and Beer : )

Snapping turtles in this area are common and sold to make snapper soup, which is on most diner menus near my home. Very unusual to see a 20 year old one as a pet. His jaw was extremely strong, but as you can see he loved to be scratched under his chin

From Wikipedia "The Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a large freshwater turtle of the family Chelydridae. Its natural range extends from southeastern Canada south, west to the Rocky Mountains (and beyond, where introduced), throughout Mexico, and as far south as Ecuador. This species and the larger Alligator Snapping Turtle are both widely referred to as snapping turtles or snappers (though the Common Snapping Turtle, as its name implies, is much more widespread overall). The Snapping Turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the western United States.1

Common snappers are noted for their belligerent disposition when out of the water, their powerful beak-like jaws and their highly mobile head and neck (hence the specific name “serpentina,” meaning “snake-like”). In some areas they are hunted very heavily for their meat, a popular ingredient in turtle soup. These turtles have lived for up to 47 years in captivity, while the lifespan of wild individuals is estimated to be around 30 years.2"

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I love to photograph anything seaside and colorful! I am exploring many artforms and love the work of many here on Redbubble! I call all my dabblings “Kim’s Kaboodle”. I am also making mosaics from glass tiles and other media, drawing and painting. My art can also be found at link

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  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 5 years ago

    Great capture Kim.

  • Thanks! I was afraid to touch him LOL!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 5 years ago

    Wow, what a capture!!! They can get pretty big!!!! And, have quite a “snap”!!! Nice job!

  • Thanks Monnie, that’s why I took a phot instead of holding him LOL, didn’t have enough beverage!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    cool turtle, nice work you can see all the textures on him

  • Thanks, Snappers here get picked up and sold, so I think it’s great this is a pet!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Absolutely amazing capture sweetheART ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks Val!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Pam Moore
    Pam Mooreover 5 years ago

    Be careful, he bites! I heard they eat cameras…hehe. Good capture!

  • Thanks Pam! LOL Aggressive when out of water LOL

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 5 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyover 5 years ago

    great capture Kim sounds liek he’s very lucky to live to be 20 years old

  • Thanks Carol, yes he was a lucky turtle!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Trudy Wilkerson
    Trudy Wilkersonover 5 years ago

    Holy cow that is a big guy….fantastic capture….

  • Thanks Trudy, one of those “crickers” collecting animals on the Delaware Bay!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • Ronjohnnj
    Ronjohnnjover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture ☺

  • Thanks my friend!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago

    Looks like a hansome turtle you caught ,nice one!


  • Thanks! Unusual pet!

    – Kim McClain Gregal

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