Large Snapping Turtle Crossing Road

I photographed this large Snapping Turtle at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Large Snapping Turtle
Large Snapping Turtle

How I Got The Photo:

This Turtle came out of the Arkansas River and was crossing the road to an area called Tuff Pond.

I parked my pickup and got out to photograph this turtle. I was hand-holding my camera and lens.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5                            
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11 


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: June 4, 2021 (7:41 A.M.)
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250
  • ISO: 2000 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm
  • Processed With Luminar

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Snapping Turtles Mating

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)


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