I saw this hatchling snapper at the Turtle Pond in Central Park in NY. The pond mostly has Red eared sliders and a few eastern painteds, so I was surprised to see this snapper hatchling in early spring. Big head, very long tail, and swims much better than I thought snappers did.
It was such an immensely cute turtle…so small and tiny. It’s shell was thickly covered with algae.