|Scientific Name||Chelydra serpentina|
Common Snapping Turtle Description
- The common snapping turtle continues to grow all its life.
- Males are larger than females.
- They travel great distances in search of suitable habitats.
- Common snapping turtles are at the top of the food chain in their native habitat.
- They do not make good pets as they are pretty aggressive.
- After laying eggs (in a hole) the female covers the eggs with sand.
- The northern snapping turtles hibernate 6 months a year because of ice.
Size & Weight
- TOTAL LENGTH: 25–47 cm (9.8–18.5 in)
- WEIGHT: 4.5–16 kg (9.9–35.3 lb)
- LENGTH: 5 cm (11.2 in)
- WEIGHT: 6 kg (13 lb)
Shallow streams, ponds, estuaries
Southeastern Canada, Rocky Mountains, Florida, Nova Scotia
Invertebrates, reptiles, frogs, small mammals, fish, unwary birds, snakes, smaller turtles
25 to 80 eggs
April – November
June – July
9 to 18 weeks
15 – 20 years
100 years max.
Crows, raccoons, minks, foxes, great blue heron, skink, bullfrog, snakes, large fish, northern river otter