Snapping turtle sunning itself
Cute when they are little but not so much when they are adults, snapping turtles can live up to 30 years in the wild. At least one is said to have lived to be 47 in captivity and weigh as much as 35 pounds.
I photographed this one in Algonquin Provincial Park (nearly three hours north of East Gwillimbury).
Snapping turtles live most of their lives in water, leaving it only to sun bathe, find a new home or lay eggs. That being said, females have been known to travel one or two miles to find the perfect spot for laying her eggs. I wonder how long it takes a snapping turtle to walk a mile!
To see many more critters, visit Misty Dawn at CAMERA CRITTERS