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.