Caught on Camera

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

These photos of a snapping turtle were snapped – no pun intended – by Frank Suponcic during a visit to Frances Slocum State Park in June. He found the turtle alongside the road digging holes, and during the early summer that could only mean one thing: The snapping turtle was laying eggs.

Snapping turtles typically lay between 25 and 50 eggs, and the incubation period ranges from 60 to 90 days depending on the summertime temperatures. Suponcic found the turtle on June 17, so the eggs that it deposited in the soil have now hatched, and the offspring will soon be burrowing into the mud at the bottom of Frances Slocum Lake to hibernate for the winter.

Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to [email protected]

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By Tom Venesky

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