Common Snapping Turtle
The Common Snapping Turtle or Common Snapper is a fresh water turtle. They live in still or slow moving shallow waters in a habitat that extends from southern Canada to the USA and down to the Northwest of South America (Ecuador).
These turtles can grow up to 50 cm in length. The Common Snapping Turtle cannot fully retract its head inside its shell as other turtles are able to do. That could be the reason they have developed a quite aggressive defense mechanism, which includes the snapping which gave them their name. But don’t worry! Given the choice the Common Snapper will rather flee than attack.
The Common Snapping Turtle is part of our 2012 special exhibit "Turtle Shelter!" >
Things to Do
- Watch our Common Snapping Turtle!
- Be amazed by their mighty jaws, which have such a powerful bite.
- Find out more about the favourite food of the Common Snapping Turtle.
- Can you see the tail with the rough toothed spikes which is as long as the carapace?