Friday, May 6, 2011

Snapper at Coventry Lake!

A large snapping turtle was seen and photographed at coventry lake this week.  The turtle was crossing the road when Laurie Kolka picked it up and brought it back to the lake.  The entire time the turtle was trying to snap her fingers off!  Snapping turtles are one of the largest living freshwater species of turtle.  Their diet consists of fish, small mammals, aquatic plants and even birds!  Snappers strike viciously when lifted and can inflict a serious bite.  The snapping turtle has been calculated to have a bite force of 1000 psi.  To put that in perspective a human has a bite force of 120 psi and a lion has 600 psi.  See the picture below for the snapper.

Photos taken by Laurie Kolka

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