As the name suggests, this is one turtle that commands respect. When disturbed, it does not hesitate to defend itself, but will strike with amazing speed and force. Because it is a large animal, its powerful jaws are capable of tearing flesh quite badly. Snapping turtles are so fearless that they have been known to attack people. Snapping turtles have an average life span of about 30-40 years.
I took this aggressive one’s picture at Black Bayou Wildlife Management Park in Monroe, Louisiana.