Snapping Turtle (Common Snapping Turtle)
Large aquatic turtle with a big pointed head, long thick tail, and small plastron (lower shell). Upper shell may be tan, brown or nearly black but is often covered with mud or algae. In young turtles, upper shell has 3 rows of low keels, but these are less apparent in older individuals. Head often covered with numerous small black lines or spots. Underparts yellowish-white. Upper part of the tail has large, pointy scales in a sawtoothed row. Eyes can be seen from above.
Take care if you plan on handling large snapping turtles! With their strong jaws and long necks, the only safe way to carry one of these turtles is to grasp it at the base of the tail and keep it away from your legs.