Bearskin State Trail, Minocqua
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Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548
+1 (715) 385 2727
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Children on Bearskin Trail


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Bearskin State Trail is one of northern Wisconsin's most notable trails. This 18.3 mile former railway line winds its way through old-fields and forests. It snakes along freshwater habitats - marshes, bogs, lakes and creeks. The trail traverses 13 railroad trestles. It steals a look at animals and birds. Hike or bike on crushed granite. Snowmobile on a blanket of white. Spy on wildlife big and small - turtles, beavers, bald eagles, loons and deer. Start out in Minocqua. Journey all or part of the way to Harshaw. Hit the trail in the opposite direction. End an outdoor adventure at Torpy Park, it boasts a playground, public beach, and, in winter, an ice rink.
Common Snapping Turtle Facts
Snapping turtle

Snapping turtle

Alfredo De Simone


There are lots of fun facts about the common snapping turtle. Did you know that?

  • The common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, is a large freshwater turtle and one of just two members of the Chelydridae family of reptiles.
  • Common snapping turtles have two shells, a smooth upper shell or carapace and lower shell or plastron. The carapace can be brown, green or black. The plastron is usually yellow.
  • The common snapping turtle has broad webbed feet and five-clawed toes. It has a long tail and flexible neck and can turn its head nearly 180 degrees. It has a sharp beak and powerful jaw but doesn't have any teeth.
  • The common snapping turtle is the second largest freshwater turtle, only its cousin, the alligator snapper, is bigger. Its carapace can measure 50 cm (20 inches) in length. The common snapper can weigh up to 34 kg (75lb).
  • Common snapping turtles are found in North, South and Central America. They live in freshwater habitats such as ponds, lakes and streams. They are native to the eastern United States but are an introduced species west of the Rockies.
  • The common snapping turtle is an omnivore meaning it eats both animals and plants. Like all other scavengers its favorite food is carrion, the carcass of a dead animal.
  • Common snapping turtles are aggressive turtles. They strike or snap in self-defense and are particularly hostile when approached on land.
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