On our way home from Manchester last night, Allie & I spied a turtle on the side of the road near Rt 11! I got out of my car and took a picture! I was wondering what it was doing on the road. In fact, it was laying eggs or going to lay them!
Here is the little guy (or girl in this case).
I looked up the species of turtle and its facts and here goes.
This is a snapping turtle, common in parts of NH. It is actually called Chelydra serpentina and is widespread throughout NH.
It is a large turtle - from 8 - 14 inches and weighing up to 70 pounds!
It's shell or carapace is rough and can be black to light brown. The head and tail has a distinctive saw-toothed edge.
The snapping turtle lives in any permanent body of water - lake, swamp, river, bog, stream with vegetation and muddy bottoms.
It lays its eggs (20 - 40 at a time!) in soil banks or sand or gravel or lawns or fields. It may be hundreds of feet from the water.
It hibernates under sunken logs or other submerged debris.