Common Snapping Turtle

Common snapping turtle Chelydra serpentina

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Identification: The common snapping turtle is typically between 8 and 14 inches long and can weigh up to 70 lbs., although they have an average weight range of 10 to 35 lbs. They have a rough carapace (upper shell) and range in color from black to light brown. They have long tails with saw-toothed edges. They also have larger heads, in comparison to other turtles.

Habitat: This turtle is found in any permanent water body, but most often in a habitat with a muddy bottom and a lot of submerged logs and aquatic vegetation. They do have terrestrial habitats while traveling, in search of appropriate nesting sites.

Other: Snapping turtles are typically docile in water but will strike if captured or cornered out of water. There are few natural predators of large snapping turtles, but they do have a high rate of being hit by cars.

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