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These large predatory turtles spend most of their time sitting motionless, waiting for prey to pass and do not need a large enclosure to thrive. Snapping turtles have a ferocious reputation, but are not aggressive by nature.

They use their powerful jaws to catch their prey and defend themselves; unlike other turtle species, the Snapping Turtle can’t contract entirely into its shell so without snapping to defend itself would be very vulnerable.



What do they eat?

Invertebrates, Mammals and Birds



Water Type

Shallow ponds, lakes and streams

Where are we?

North America

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