Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle Common Snapping Turtle

Photo by Robert Rold Photography

Photo by Robert Rold Photography


Description:  The Common Snapping Turtle ranges in size from 6-15 inches.  The carapace (upper shell) is brown to black.  The upper portion of the tail is saw-toothed.

Habitat:  Found in a variety of aquatic habitats, especially slow-moving water.

Behavior:  The Common Snapping Turtle spends most of its time in water.  They rarely bask completely out of water.  Eggs are laid in loose sand or dirt, sometimes far from water if no suitable nesting locations are nearby.  Snapping turtles feed on anything they can find, including both plant and animal matter.  Hibernation occurs during winter when snapping turtles bury themselves in mud or under logs and overhanging banks.  

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