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Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Exhibits: Aviary

Animal Groups: Reptiles

Latin Name: Chelydra serpentina

Snapping turtles eat anything they can catch. They are known to eat fish, frogs, crayfish and aquatic insects. Snapping turtles may also catch and eat birds and small mammals.


Ponds, lakes, marshes, slow rivers or other wetlands. Snapping turtles are found throughout Their range extends from southern Canada throughout much of the eastern United States, through Central and South America.

Animal Size: 8 to 19 inches (20 to 49 cm)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

People are often concerned that snapping turtles will be aggressive in the water. They are far more likely to be aggressive on land, where they are a bit out of their element. Female turtles do travel on land when searching for a nesting site.