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Common Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Photos by J.D. Willson unless otherwise noted


Description: The typical snapping turtle is a large turtle, ranging in size from 8 to 14 in (20-36 cm) v a record size of 19.3 in (49 cm). Their median weights variety from 10 to 35 lbs (4.5 - 16 kg), with a record of 75 lbs (34 kg). Their color varies native tan come dark brown to almost black in some specimens. Usual snapping turtles have actually long tails and also necks and rough shells with 3 rows of carapace keels.

Range and also Habitat: common snapping turtle are found throughout eastern North America including every one of South Carolina and Georgia. They inhabit nearly any body of freshwater throughout your range. Some have even been discovered in brackish water.

Habits: Snapping turtles are highly aquatic and also are seldom observed basking. At times, however, they may move long distances over land and also many dice attempting to overcome roads. Although usually docile in water, typical snapping turtles will certainly strike heavy if captured or cornered out of water. They mate April - November and also typically deposit 20 - 40 eggs in concave colonies dug by the female. Usual snapping turtles space omnivores, acquisition a wide selection of vertebrate and invertebrate prey, and aquatic vegetation.

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Conservation Status: The typical snapping tortoise is no protected and also is considered locally plentiful in Georgia. In some locations it is harvested for food.

Pertinent Reference: Ewert, Michael A. 2005. Geographical variation in the pattern of temperature-dependent sex determination in the American snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Journal of Zoology 265(1): 81-95.

Account Author: Andy Howington, university of Georgia - amendment by J.D. Willson