When talking about creatures in Michigan that have existed since the time of the dinosaurs, most people think of the Lake Sturgeon. They've inhabited Michigan's waters for millions of years and are considered living fossils. In fact, they are one of the oldest and largest freshwater fish species in North America.

While the Lake Sturgeon is truly old and did live during the age of the dinosaurs, there is another ancient resident of Michigan's waters that often goes unnoticed. You've probably seen it popping its unique-looking head out of the state's many lakes and ponds, or perhaps you've even stopped to watch it as it crosses the road from time to time. Of course, we're talking about the snapping turtle.

Where I live in Grand Blanc, there's a pond and swamp behind my house, so spotting big snapping turtles is very common. Most of the time, I see them walking through my yard or crossing the street.

Michigan's snapping turtles aren't considered dangerous, even though they have one hell of a bite. They only snap at you if they feel cornered and threatened, or if something is placed right in front of their snouts.

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According to iNaturalist,  the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is Michigan's largest turtle species and is native to the state. They are known for their dinosaur-like appearance, powerful jaws, and long tails. 

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