|Snapping turtles bite. [Photo by Kristel Wilson]|
This large snapping turtle was sighted by Kristel Wilson by the footbridge on the Holmes Run trail near Valleycrest Drive in Annandale. She estimates it was about a foot and a-half long and at one point started chasing her with its mouth wide open.
If you see it, don’t bother it. According to the Virginia Herpetological Society, snapping turtles can be aggressive and “can do serious harm if threatened.”