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.

Central America
North America
South America

At A Glance


Swamps, rivers, streams, lakes


Aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish, frogs, carrion


U.S., Canada, Central and South America