On my way to work this morning, I stopped traffic to help move this snapping turtle out of the road. It was very snappy and not at all happy to have human intervention on its morning stroll. It took two of us, my trenching shovel, and a small blanket to get the turtle out of the road without any humans being bitten. This was completely different from my usual box turtle experience, where the turtle simply pulls its head partway into its shell and just hangs on for the ride.
The shell color is just dried mud. Snapping turtles like to hide in the murk and mud at the edge of ponds and wait for prey. They will eat anything
, and prefer meat. By "eat anything," I mean that - they are carrion eaters, they are omnivores, and basically they are the reptile equivalent of a dog or hyena. If they can catch it and it's not undigestable, it's food.