Don't ask me how I was able to see this baby Snapping Turtle crossing a busy highway here in Arkansas because I have no idea. I was going to my Granddaughters birthday party when I spotted the Turtle in my lane. I was able to pull over onto the shoulder of the highway and run over and pick it up. I didn't see any water in the area but I read that it is common to find them traveling far from the nearest water source. I released it in a safe spot so hopefully, it will survive.
These turtles travel extensively over land to reach new habitats or to lay eggs. Pollution, habitat destruction, food scarcity, overcrowding, and other factors drive snappers to move; it is quite common to find them traveling far from the nearest water source. This species mates from April through November, with their peak laying season in June and July.
Females travel over land to find sandy soil in which to lay their eggs, often some distance from the water. After digging a hole, the female typically deposits 25 to 80 eggs each year, guiding them into the nest with her hind feet and covering them with sand for incubation and protection. Incubation time is temperature-dependent, ranging from 9 to 18 weeks. In cooler climates, hatchlings overwinter in the nest. (Source: Wikipedia)
Baby Snapping Turtle - 1993-180331 Rescued From Highway - Arkansas