Don’t Mess With Me!

Back in May, I visited nearby Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, in eastern Kansas. As I drove around a large pool of water, I came upon a large Snapping Turtle that was crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and got out to capture a few images of this large reptile:

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

These guys can get quite large and characterized by massive heads with powerful hooked jaws and long tails. They are very primitive looking and occupy many different aquatic habitats. When kayaking, I often have these guys around the kayak. Not a problem … as long as I keep my hands within the kayak! :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 310mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/10 to f/13
  • Shutter 1/160 sec.



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Posted in 2014, Blog, Nature Photography, Reptiles and Amphibians
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