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Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
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Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

General Description: Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are large, heavy-bodied, dark pond turtles with a low-domed shell. The shell is thick, the legs and neck are stout, and the head and jaws are very large. Large adults can grow to 20 inches long and weigh 35 pounds. The neck is long, permitting the animal to reach and snap at much greater distances than might be expected. These turtles are capable of biting off human fingers.

Taxonomy: Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae).

Where to Find: Don't look for Common Snapping Turtles around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in the eastern US and southern Canada south into northern Mexico.

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Good News for our Snapping Turtle Friends: effective November 21, 2016, the common snapping turtle, Florida softshell turtle, smooth softshell turtle, and spiny softshell turtle are listed in Appendix III of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). When listed under CITES, international trade in the species, either as live specimens or parts or products, must be accompanied by a valid CITES permit or certificate. Permits ensure trade is conducted at sustainable levels and provides a means to balance use and conservation.
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Note alligator bite marks on carapace
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Note "tooth" at tip of beak
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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