Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)
TYPE: Snapping Turtles
One of North America's
most recognizable fully aquatic Turtles, the Common Snapping Turtle, inhabits nearly all bodies of slow moving, soft bottomed water,
fresh and brackish, from
Common Snapping Turtles are true omnivores, and will eat anything they can fit into their mouths. Juveniles freely forage for food, while adults prefer to be ambush predators, lying in wait for the next passing meal. These tendencies make all sizes excellent tank turtles. Not the best community turtles, juvenile Common Snapping Turtles think everyone's tail is a worm - and will promptly remove them - even other snappers'. We feed ours pellets, cut fish and beef. Water plants are also offered. One study has shown hatchlings to imprint well on early food items.
In the last century, people's taste for Common Snapping Turtles, severely damaged many wild populations.
Now, many are farm raised, both in the
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