For the first time in Merritt Island, Fla. , I came across a common snapping turtle along Pioneer Road as I was driving to work. Seeing this fascinating organism upon my view, I parked my car right in front of it with my device ready to take some snapshots. As you can see in the image I posted, this creature cringed inside its shell as I stepped close to it. It also stared at me with curiosity as I was in process of our photo shoot session. The creature eventually bared its tongue warning me that if I got to close, it will literally snap my fingers off! At that instance, I packed up my device, went back to my car, and waited till the snapper was off the road.
As soon as I came home from work, I had to research this fascinating reptile. They happen to be dispersed in most areas of the United States as well as northeastern Mexico. Their habitat includes lakes, ponds, and estuaries. According to Energy and Environmental Protection, their diets mainly include a variety of sources. Plants, insects, small reptiles and amphibians, birds, small mammals, fish, and even carrion are generally what they consume.