Snapping Turtle


Common name : Common snapping turtle

Scientific name : Chelydra serpentina

Family : Chelydridae

Native to : Distributed from South-Eastern Canada to Florida

Interesting fact : The turtle’s meat is popular in some areas and used in the turtle’s soup.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The common snapping turtle has strong legs, claws and a bony beak. Their dark shells are covered in mud and algae. The aggressive turtles snap with their jaws in defence as they cannot pull their bodies into the shells. They prefer muddy brackish waters and plants for hiding, and feed on insects, fish, birds, frogs and dead animals.

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