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Common Snapping Turtle

While usually docile in the water, a snapping turtle on land can become aggressive if threatened. With a neck that is almost as long as its shell it can snap at a predator even if it sneaks up from behind.

Most of the snappers that venture out of the water are females looking for a place to lay eggs.  Unfortunately, many of them are killed by cars.

HABITATSwamps, rivers, streams, lakes
DIETAquatic plants, invertebrates, fish, frogs, carrion
LIFE Expectancy30-40 years

Fun Fact
The national animal symbols for Belize are the keel-billed toucan and the Baird's tapir.
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