This was an odd observation that took me a little while to figure out. Here’s how it went: I noticed a turtle shell bobbing up and dow periodically by the edge of our neighborhood creek. The bobbing was sometimes gentle and sometimes violent.

It was a strange sight. My first thought was that it was a deceased turtle, bloated and floating. I figured that there must be something underneath of it feeding on the carcass.

I moved closer for a better look, and that is when two turtle heads emerged from the water. Ah, the explanation! Turtles in love!

The pair submerged and continued their activities for a few more minutes. My last sight of the turtles was as the couple swam away together in to the deeper and darker water in the middle of the creek.

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour

Common Snapping Turtle - Tortue Amour