common snapping turtle

(Chelydra serpentina)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

common snapping turtle

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Habitat

Lakes, ponds and marshes, streams and rivers

Lifespan

30 to 47 years

Size

8 to 18

 

Identification

This is the largest turtle species in Minnesota. The tail is almost as long as the upper shell (carapace).

 
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Species

 


Food

Opportunistic feeders. Plant matter, carrion, and any living thing.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 11, 14, 24, 29, 72.

Comments

Conservation Status
High levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in common snapping turtles in the Mississippi River in 1983. In 1984 the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) listed it as a special concern species. In 2013 it was removed from the list.

Subspecies
Three subspecies have been described in the past. Two have been raised to full species and the third is now considered a synonym. There are currently no subspecies recognized.


Taxonomy

Order:

Testudines (turtles)

 

Suborder:

Cryptodira (hidden-necked turtles)

 

Superfamily:

Testudinoidea

 

Family:

Chelydridae (snapping turtles)

 
Synonyms

Chelydra emarginata

Chelydra lacertina

Chelydra laticarinata

Chelydra osceola

Chelydra sculpta

Chelydra serpentina osceola

Chelydra serpentina serpentina

Devisia mythodes

Testudo serpentaria

Testudo serpentina

 
Common
Names

common snapping turtle

North American snapping turtle

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About

Chelydra serpentina

NH Conservation Status: Not listed

State Rank Status: Widespread and secure.

Distribution: Throughout state, less common in northern New Hampshire.

Description:A large turtle measuring 8-14 inches and weighing up to 70 pounds. A rough carapace ranges in color form black to light brown. The head is large and the tail is long with a distinct saw-toothed edge.

Commonly Confused Species: Juveniles may be confused with musk turtles and wood turtles.

Habitat: Any permanent water body such as lakes, ponds, swamps, bogs, streams, and rivers, especially aquatic habitats with muddy bottoms and abundant submerged logs and aquatic vegetation. Use terrestrial habitats while searching for appropriate nesting sites and traveling among wetland habitats.

Life History: Lays 20-40 eggs in soil banks or sand and gravel piles in fields or lawns and may be several hundred feet or more from water. Hibernates in mud bottom or under logs or other submerged debris, sometimes communally.

Conservation Threats: Water pollution, road mortality, habitat loss.

source: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/turtles/snapping_turtle.htm

 
     
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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2011

A Common snapping turtle is a large freshwater turtle.(Chelydra serpentina) They eat carrion (dead animals), plants, small birds and fish.They have strong jaws which can deliver a powerful bite that can take your finger off. So stay clear of their mouth. To see more video's about snapping turtles visit YouTube user: SnowWalkerPrime.

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  The Snapping Turtle (Chelydridae: Chelydra serpentina) Locomotion
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Uploaded on Dec 26, 2009

A contemplative look at the Common Snapping Turtle, which is a surprisingly common but seldom seen species that is found in rivers, ponds, and lakes in the upper midwest of the United States. Specimens shown here were photographed in North Dakota during the summer of 2009.

 
     
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Published on Mar 13, 2013

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  Snapping Turtle (Chelydridae: Chelydra serpentina) on Road
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Uploaded on May 30, 2010

Photographed near the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (27 May 2010).

 
     
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They are the largest of the freshwater turtles living in the United States and one of them tries to snap our Science Guy. Jason Lindsey shows us a common snapping turtleone you might encounter if you are out and about in nature.

 
     

 

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Carol Naber
9/11/2017

Location: Rice Creek North Regional Corridor, east of Prairie Ridge Dr. where Rice Creek Fields lead to Rice Creek

total of 4 approximately 1 inch snapping turtles observed 9/10 and 9/11 on black top walk path. Slightly sand covered and headed toward Rice Creek.


Kirk Nelson
5/29/2017

Location: Fort Snelling State Park

On the trail along the west side of Snelling Lake; I gave it a wide berth.

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Jenny Stevens
7/6/2015

Location: Inver Grove Heights

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5/31/2014

Location: Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

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Fall, 2013

Bass Ponds in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


     
     
 

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