There are two species here: the COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE and the
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE which eat most of our pond fish.
This is the BEFORE picture ...
(Click here for the AFTER shot).
Do not try this at home! -
Snapping Turtles Bite!
PARTS: SE Canada, W Rocky Mountains, throughout Mexico and as
far as Equador.
Very mobile head and snapping beak like mouth.
INTERACTION AND PURPOSE: Sometimes hunted for their meat,
LIFESPAN: 30 ish years.
EXTERIOR: They have rugged muscular builds, and come up to 20
inches in length and may weigh up to 70 lbs or more. Alligator
Snapping Turtles can get over 24" in length & over 200 lbs in
the southern states.
shallow ponds, lakes, streams & water gardens.
Omnivores: eating plants and animals. they prey on
anything they can swallow, including
fish, invertebrates, frogs and other reptiles, sometimes even small
birds and mammals. (and the finger of the stupid man in the
Will Travel far for new habitat or laying of eggs.
From April to November, peak in June/July. Females look for sandy
soil to lay eggs. She digs a hole and lays from 30 to 80 eggs each
year. They hatch within 18 weeks.