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Old 02-08-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I had a chance to watch two large snappers mate many years ago. From a distance it looked like Nessy. The turtles were about 35 to 45 pounds each. They constantly rolled over on the top of the lake. I rowed over to take a good look – but I had no camera.

I found this one video on YouTube:
Snapping Turtle Turf War or Turtle Sex... You Decide - YouTube But the turtles are not rolling over like the two that I spotted. This isn't X-rated; you have to have a good imagination to 'see' what is happening.

The question I have: Is it normal for these turtles to roll over during sex? Perhaps the two turtles, I spotted, read a copy of the Kama Sutra? Or perhaps it has something to do with the actual size of the turtles or particular sub-species?

I am curious if anybody else has ever seen rolling, mating, turtles – especially if they have it on video? The reason that I am curious is because I can picture many not knowing what they are seeing from a distance. It could have been responsible for some sea monster sightings?

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:07 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I witnessed it last Spring in a shallow ditch line with about a foot of water and they were rolling. It took me a minute or so to figure out what was going on.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I witnessed it last Spring in a shallow ditch line with about a foot of water and they were rolling. It took me a minute or so to figure out what was going on.
It took me time and I had to get closer to figure out what I was observing. From a distance it is easy to believe that somebody would mistake their experience for something unknown. We spend time on lakes and ponds because we think of them as tranquil and good fishing – we do not expect to see something like the snapping turtles rolling on the surface. Plus; I only ever saw this once in my lifetime and I am 66 and spent a lot of time on our lakes.

I also heard that otters frolic on the surface of the water.
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