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Shefrin, Russell
August 2008
New York State Conservationist;Aug2008, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p40
The author offers his insights on the relationship between human and nature based on his experiences with common snapping turtles/Chelydra serpentina. He cites that his interactions with snapping turtles illustrate two different aspects of personality of the animal, particularly its aggressiveness on land and its docility in the water. He suggests that the snapping turtle may have adopted a defense mechanism when out of the water. He notes the importance of environmental conservation.


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