Common Snapping Turtle
Scientific Name Chelydra serpentina
Native To South Eastern Canada
Habitat freshwater rivers, lakes, or ponds
Diet Omnivorous. Aquatic vegetation, animal matter; insects, crustaceans, mice, small lizards
Size and Age Average length of 20-37cm, weight of 4.5-16kg. Average lifespan is 60-100 years old.
The Common Snapping Turtle is often found lying at the bottom of a shallow body of water immersed in the mud. Despite being a capable swimmer, the Common Snapping Turtle tends to move by walking along the bottom of the pond. This turtle is an omnivorous reptile, with an extremely varied diet. While juvenile Snapping Turtles actively forage for food, adults tend to sit and wait to ambush prey that swim past. Snapping Turtles are famously known for the strength of their bite. This feature assists with the tearing and chewing of prey, and is cable of snapping a broom stick in half.