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This female Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra s. serpentina) spent several hours near Hilton Pond one summer afternoon excavating a nest with her hind legs, laying eggs, and covering everything with a slurry of urine and mud.


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The efforts of the snapper went for naught, however, when a wandering Raccoon (Procyon lotor) found the nest in less than 24 hours and consumed the turtle's eggs, leaving behind nothing but leathery eggshells, an empty hole in the ground, and a lost reproductive season.

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