Little snapping turtle crossing the road! I posted another angle on this guys a few days ago, thought he was cute enough to double dip photos. After getting shots I helped him across, always lend a helping hand to wildlife crossing when you can safely do so, or at least give them a brake!!
In addition to being able to bite, another defensive mechanism this little guy employs is utilizing musk glands, and by that I mean he stinks!! They will excrete a very stinky liquid when threatened to make themselves unpalatable and deter predators from wanting to eat them. Many species of reptiles do this including other turtles species, snakes, and lizards.
Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-17mm fisheye lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com
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