Chelyndra serpentina

Chelyndra serpentina is the name for the common snapping turtle. There seem to be two in our pond. It is hard to tell under water, but one in our pond looks to be about 14″ long with a 10″ tail and a head that is the size of an adult fist. The head extended to evaluate the floating fish food did look like a snake with its pointed snout. These are fesh-water creatures but sometimes visit brackish ponds so that may be how they got here. When we put out the chicken carcas, I took a chair to sit still and see if I can capture some pictures.