Common Snapping Turtle, Irwin County

Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Some would say the Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) isn’t the most attractive creature, but it’s a symbol of the swamps and wetlands of South Georgia. The species actually ranges from Canada to Florida. There’s all sorts of folklore regarding these creatures; my great-grandmother always said that if a snapping turtle got you in its grips, it wouldn’t let go until it heard thunder. That may or may not be the case, but I won’t get close enough to find out. I’ll admire from a distance.

Common Snapping Turtle Walker Road Irwin County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

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7 responses to “Common Snapping Turtle, Irwin County

  1. Victor McGough

    I had an uncle who also told me that the turtle would not let go till it thundered.

  2. Lynn Winters

    My grandma in Wheeler County said the same thing.

  3. Carol

    My Grandma Cassie, up in Rome, said the same thing Brian–or til the sun goes down! So I guess we had a shorter sentence possible. Either way, it was enough to keep us at a distance.

  4. heavenlyjane

    Is she missing front toes?

  5. I love these guys. To me they are dinosaurs incarnate.

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