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Common Snapping Turtle

Common snapping turtles are large freshwater turtles belonging to the Chelydridae family, occurring in North America. They are nocturnal and are known to be very aggressive when caught. There are no recognized subspecies of this turtle.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Chelydridae
    Genus Chelydra
    Scientific Name Chelydra serpentina


    Other Names Snapping Turtle, Snapper
    Size 25 – 50 cm
    Weight 4.5–16 kg; heaviest wild specimen weighed 34 kg
    Color Dull brown to black
    Distribution Southeastern Canada including Nova Scotia, eastern and central United States
    Habitat Ponds, muddy lakes, slow-moving rivers
    Diet Aquatic plants, frogs and tadpoles, fish, salamanders, snails,  worms, leeches, insects, snakes, small mammals, baby ducks and goslings, carrion
    Hibernation Fact Some members hibernate
    Predators Juveniles fall prey to crows, minks, foxes, raccoons, skunks, herons, hawks, owls, bitterns, fishers, bullfrogs, large fishes, snakes
    Breeding Season April – November
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 25 to 80 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 4 months
    Reproductive Age Male: Around 5 years of age
    Females: Between 4 – 7 years
    Average Lifespan 30 to 40 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on October 25th 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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