Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Testudines
FAMILY
Chelydridae

Range

From southern Canada to Ecuador, and across most of the United States.


Habitat

Freshwater including permanent ponds, lakes and streams; also enters somewhat brackish waters in marsh areas


Diet

Sponges, worms, mollusks, insects, crustaceans, small vertebrates, carrion, aquatic plants

Weight

Up to 75 lbs.

Carapace

Up to 19 in.

Incubation

55 - 125 days

Clutch

20 - 30 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They are active day and night
  • They are highly aquatic, but are very mobile on land.
  • Adults usually lie concealed waiting to ambush prey, while juvenile actively forage.
  • They only occasionally bask out of water.

 

Conservation

Snapping turtles are widely collected for local, subsistence collection as well as commercial trade for local, national and international consumption.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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