American Snapping Turtle (Chelydra Serpentina)

Conservation status

IUCN: Red List: Least Concern

Key Descriptions

The American Snapping Turtle or Common Snapping turtle are highly aggressive reptiles most noted for its combative disposition with its razor sharp beak – like jaws which it uses to tear the flesh off its prey in conjunction with its highly mobile serpentine like head. They are native to North America and live in lakes & streams where there are abundant amounts of fish for it to hunt.


These snappers commonly inhabit large bodies of fresh water including lakes & rivers but have also been observed in slow moving water such as small streams or ponds where a muddy riverbed & abundance of aquatic vegetation provide the ideal environment for them to thrive.

Social Life

American snapping turtles are opportunistic feeders that spend most of their time in water feeding on anything unfortunate that crosses its serpentine path, making them usually solitary animals. They are diurnal reptiles who are most active at dawn & dusk, lurking on the dark muddy river beds where they are able to stalk their prey as well as limit themselves to predation from above. When basking, these turtles rarely come onto land to bask but rather float on the water’s surface with merely its snout and carapace exposed in order to soak in the suns ray for its UVB needs.

Fun Facts


Fish & other small aquatic animals

Key Information

Origin:North America
Size:20cm — 30cm
Weight:Up to 16kg

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