Snapping Turtle | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Originating from North America and Canada, this species will eat almost anything and will continues to grow and grow —the heaviest Snapping Turtle on record weighs in at a hefty 15 kg.

Native Range →

North America

Natural Habitat  →

Marine coasts and wetlands

Diet  →

Fish, frogs, insects, other small animals and small vegetation

Life Expectancy  →

25-30 years in the wild. Up to 40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

25-45 eggs & a 75-95 day incubation

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Pollution, Building development

Fun fact

Unlike other turtles, Snapping Turtles are too large to completely withdraw inside their shells, therefore their defence mechanism is snapping, hence the name.

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