Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Common Snapping Turtle

Description: Snapping turtles have an average length of 8 to 18 inches and weigh between 9 and 35 pounds. Their shells are usually dark brown or tan, but some can be black. In the wild, snapping turtles can live up to 30 years. They are often killed by predators when young, but once they grow up, nothing tries to eat them.

Habitat: Snapping turtles live in southern Canada all the way down to central Texas.  They can live in all types of fresh water, but they prefer areas with muddy bottoms and lots of plants to use as cover. 

Food: Snapping turtles are omnivores - meaning they eat both plants and animals. They are not picky eaters. They will eat fish, rodents, birds, amphibians, and aquatic plants.

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