The Snapping turtle

United States, 1940

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Shows the life cycle of a typical reptile, the snapping turtle - its birth, its growth, and its struggle for existence and survival. Natural photography reveals its activities, its encounters with other animal life, how it gets its food and lays its eggs, how its young hatch and develop, and how it hibernates.


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ERPI Classroom Films

Encyclopaedia Britannica Films



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United States
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Animal life cycles

Animals & Wildlife → Animal behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Animal ecology

Animals & Wildlife → Animal life cycles

Animals & Wildlife → Animals - Adaptation

Animals & Wildlife → Animals - Habitations

Animals & Wildlife → Reptiles

Animals & Wildlife → Turtles

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Crafts & Visual Arts → Nature photography

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Biology - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biology - Study and teaching

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




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16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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