l have been a part of a few successful wildlife rescues and educate people on wildlife and environmental issues. We have helped in issues to save wetlands, woodlands etc.to save the precious life within. It is well worth the effort. We can all learn to live and work together. Education is the key. In 2011 I won an education award from Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority for the work and photography I do. Habitat is fast disappearing and with it, many species are also declining in numbers. So many species can actually tell us the health of our environment and alert us to problems we need to know about. They all need to be protected.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Snapping turtles,Six Mile Lake,April,17/09

 These large snapping turtles were caught in the act. The male is trying to convince this female that the time is right. After a lot of biting on her part,hissing on his part,rolling,splashing and so on. The pair successfully mated. These turtles are upwards in the range of 70 plus.
Here is the big male who is over 80 approx. Basking in the sun before the mating took place.

The male heading off to find his lovely female. The shear size of his tail determines him to be a male. Snapping turtles tail are shorter in the female and long if it's a male. This guy is amazing!!


Karen Wilson said...

Great shots..how do u know how old they are though?

Jennifer Howard said...

Some one else asked me that one as well. The shear size of this guy tells you he is very old. We were with a biologist from MNR and he said once they get to that size. Then you can figure them to be 80 years plus. This guy has almost grown out of his shell he is so big. We are not able to get that close however, the largest snappers carapas( upper shell) on record in the wild is 18.5 inches. l am betting this is not far off from that. It was incredible.

Karen Wilson said...

Very interesting, thanks for the info!