Chance and I decided to hike a new trail today and we found a vernal pool with 15 marbled salamanders, many with eggs. We were amazed to find so many so early and really weren't looking that hard to find them, I can only imagine how many we must have passed by. We also saw two seemingly gravid Chorus frogs, not a bad day at all!
While hiking around the Reynolda Road wetland near Bethabara Park in Winston Salem I saw this little snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) scurrying into the woods in the direction of the wetland and away from the busy road. I love seeing these guys and they never really seem as happy to see me. What a great find. If you will notice, I'm holding him by the back of his shell and NOT his tail, this is very important as if you hold them improperly by the tail it can cause spinal injury in extreme cases. So always remember IF you are going to handle an animal make sure it's done in a way that won't cause injury to the animal!
Check out the Devotional "Do You Live Like A Snapping Turtle" HERE