I saw this snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the unusually clear water of a tidal marsh in Patchogue, NY. Its shell was about 35 cm (14 inches) long. You rarely get to see these guys so clearly swimming in the wild. Very cool.
The other interesting thing is that this is brackish water. I didn’t know snappers would inhabit brackish water, but clearly they do.
Can you tell me what these white, disc-like items are on this torn piece of kelp found in a low tide area of Monterey Bay, California? The disc shaped objects were arranged in an orderly manner and had cilia-like rimmed areas. Renee
Yesterday, I went walking near 4 adult Canada Geese and their young ones (total of about 12). Two of the adults turned toward me and started hissing at me. One of them had head and neck gyrations. What are their defenses? Do they try to peck you and does it hurt? Do their web feet have sharp nails or claws? Thank you. Anthony
Hi there, this spider crawled out of my bathtub in Malibu, California. It was about as long as my pointer finger from knuckle to fingertip, so it was big, about 9 cm (3.5 inches) or so. Do you know what species it could be? Thank you! Sophia
Hello, I took some macro photos of this guy in a meadow below Mt. Lassen in northern California last fall. It was super small… about a centimeter tops. Any ideas on what this kind of frog or toad is? Thanks! William