I was photographing a Green Heron at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when these two Snapping Turtles showed up and started mating.

Mating Snapping Turtles
Mating Snapping Turtles
Snapping Turtles Mating (Video)

The process of mating for Snapping Turtles is an interesting and complex one. Male Snapping Turtles often engage in aggressive behaviors to win over a mate, such as ramming and biting. Once the female has accepted the male, the two turtles engage in a unique and fascinating dance.

The male Snapping Turtle will climb on top of the female, who then rolls over to allow the male to insert his cloacal opening over the female’s. The two then mate for several hours, during which the female can lay her eggs.

The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge provides an ideal habitat for snapping turtles to mate and lay their eggs. The refuge has a variety of ponds and wetlands, providing a suitable environment for the turtles to mate and lay their eggs in safety.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


I parked on the side of the auto tour road at Miner’s Cove. I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. It was raining, and I had a high ISO (6400). I don’t like that high of an ISO but I processed it with Topaz DeNoise and it cleaned it up.

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 30, 2020 (07:04:42 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/90 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 6400
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.33 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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