My students and I found a large dead snapping turtle in the river behind our school. We buried it for 8 months and them excavted it. We bleached the bones and painted them with glossy clear paint and it looks great. We used loctite glue to glue some of the bones together. I was able to pull some pictures of the anatomy from the internet, but I am confused about the front and hind legs. I can't find any pictures or diagrams on the net of the body...just the skulls. Does anyone know of any sights that show this part of the skeleton? I have some random "wing-like pieces that I know go to the legs, but I don't know how. I prefer not to buy a book if I don't have to. Thanks
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Type in 'Snapping turtle skeleton' and the very first link listed has pictures of turtle skeletons on it (two views). http://campus.murraystate.edu/academic/faculty/terry.derting/anatomyatlas/entireturtskelamy-becky.html
The basic pectoral and pelvic girdle system of all turtles are very similar, though the shapes of the individual parts can be different. You should be able to figure it all out with these two immages though neither is a Chelydra serpentina.