By Claire Pendergast
Sadly, we’ve lost one of our longtime residents. This large mature Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra Serpentina) was found washed up on the north shore of Keoka Lake on Aloha cabin’s beach. According to Maine Audubon, Snapping Turtles can live in the wild 30 to 40 years and can weigh more than 20 pounds, with the largest individuals growing to more than 70 pounds. They have been found to have very few predators due to their size. However, they are occasionally attacked by river otters, bears and coyotes. This sweet guy has been spotted swimming and basking in the sun all over Keoka Lake over many years. He will be sorely missed.