A couple of years ago in September and again this morning on our morning dog walk we came upon the annual "March of the Snapping Turtles”. The eggs for these little ones were laid in a flask shaped hole in the ground last May or early June.
This itty bitty on the quarter was so covered with mud he couldn't retract his head so I gave him a bath before sending him on his way. These little guys need all the help they can get. It takes 12-15 years before they even reach maturity and can mate. Full grown males will weigh an average 20 pounds and females around 12. Their lifespan in the wild is generally not known but they can live to be 100 years old.
So Godspeed my little friends,