Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle:

Scientific Name: Chelydra Serpentina
Family : Chelydridae
Length: Up to 50 cm
Weight: Up to 39 kg
Distribution: Canada, Nova Scotia & Florida

Snapping Turtle

snapping turtle facts

  • More famously known as the Common Snapping Turtle, these are a species of large freshwater turtle that are noted for their combative disposition when out of the water with its powerful beak-like jaws and highly mobile head and neck -hence their specific name being serpentine , which means " snake Like "

  • These turtles are normally found in shallow ponds and streams . However they are likely to flee and hide the selves underwater in sediment while in the water .

  • While their eggs and hatching may be vulnerable to predication, adult Snapping Turtles have very few natural predators as they are at the top of the food chain

  • Although they are known to be quite fierce in nature , they will slip quietly away from any disturbance ( such as encountering swimmers ) or may seek shelter under mud or grass nearby.

  • However a caught "snapping Turtle" is a totally different story. If caught , they become a really aggressive and have a strong enough bite to easily amputate human fingers .

  • These Turtle are certainly not to be taken lightly..

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