Turtles

Snapping Turtle (Formerly Common Snapping Turtle)

Snapping Turtle (Formerly Common Snapping Turtle)

Scientific Name: Chelydra serpentina

Family: Chelydridae

Description & Size

  • Large head and tail
  • Reduced lower shell (plastron)
  • Saw tooth like spikes on the sides and back of the upper shell (carapace)
  • Shell length:  20.0-49.4 cm (7.9-19.4 in)
  • Carapace color:  brown, grey, or black
  • Plastron color:  yellow or cream
  • Skin color:  brown, grey, or dull yellow

Habitat

  • Permanent bodies of water

Diet

  • Omnivorous
  • Anything they can catch
  • Invertebrates
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Plant material

Life History

  • Diurnal
  • Active season:  March – November
  • Breeding season:  late April – late summer (White and Murphy, 1973)
  • Lays eggs
  • 8-60 eggs per female

Range

Snapping Turtle (Formerly Common Snapping Turtle) Range