Hi there... This is my first post. I recently found two young snappers in the creek. I think they are hatchlings but I don't know for sure. I was wondering if anyone might know if they are common snappers or alligator snappers. I'm trying to attach some pics... we'll see if it works!
Thanks for any info
I'm not sure on the species of Kentucky off hand, but I think the alligator snapper is only located in the far western edge of the state. They are a rare find. Their shells are lumpier and their heads are shaped much different, with little tendrils and so forth coming off of it, than the common snapper.
The common snapper has a smoother shell, smoother and cleaner head and is far more common - they have the widest natural range of any species of turtle in the US and Canada. I love the little starburst pattern around their eyes.
So to answer your question, looks like you have a little baby common snapper there.
She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.
Hey Rav... Thanks for the info. I can definitely see the difference in the adults but the shells of the juveniles throw me off a little - they have those ridges like the Alligator snappers do.
Anyhow, they're amazing, whatever they are.
I really like the pattern around the eyes too