Turtle Sanctuary
Common Snapping Turtle
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra Serpentina)

Habitat : Shallow ponds, shallow lakes or streams. Some may inhabit brackish environments, such as estuaries.

Food : Omnivores, consuming both plant and animal matter, and are important aquatic scavengers; but they are also active hunters that prey on anything they can swallow, including many invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles (including snakes and smaller turtles), unwary birds and small mammals.

Capapace Length : Up to 50cm although 25-47cm is more common.

Threats : In some areas they are hunted very heavily for their meat, a popular ingredient in turtle soup.

Range : Southeastern Canada, southwest to the Rocky Mountains as far east as Nova Scotia and Florida.

Note : Common Snapping Turtles are not suitable as pets, do not buy them.

Next     Spring News 2013