Skip to main content
Snapping Turtle
Last updated by bwbrian on 9/13/2014 9:33:50 AM

Common Snapping Turtles prowl shorelines and frequently visit campsites in search of easy meals. They are opportunistic feeders and will often eat fish off stringers that are left overnight by campers. They can live for more than 40 years and grow to more than 80 pounds.

snapping turtle camouflaged under water
snapper with head above water to breathe

Caution should be taken in approaching snapping tutrles as they have unusually long and flexible necks allowing their powerful jaws to reach to the hind legs, and their claws are are large, sharp, and powerful. Snapping turtles cannot retract their head entirely into their shell like other turtles, instead they will hiss and snap when threatened.

History        Permanent Link   

Based on DotWiki 2.0 by Hector Correa