Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

Snapping turtles are large aquatic freshwater reptiles that only live in North America. Snapping turtles enjoy a wide variety of food and are often considered the top predator in their environment. Common snapping turtles are active hunters and will eat just about anything and do not make good pets, as they will never stop growing. The largest snapping turtles on record have weight records of around 600 lbs.

The Snapping turtle’s main defence mechanism is their powerful snapping jaws, which enable them to make short work of attackers and small prey. They also have monstrous, thick claws on their front and back legs which they use to tear apart food and to climb hills each year where they lay their eggs. Snapping turtles spend nearly all of their lives in water, with typically only nesting females actually venturing onto open land. Snapping turtles can remain submerged underwater for up to three hours at a time. (

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