Family: Chelydridae, Snapping Turtles view all from this family
Description Huge head, strong beak, long tail. Brown/gray carapace. 3 keels and small scutes between marginal and costal scutes. Small gray plastron in comparison.
Dimensions 40-80.8cm. (16-32")
Warning Snappers have massive heads with powerful, hooked jaws. They strike viciously when lifted from water or teased and can inflict a serious bite.
Breeding Underwater. February-April. 10-52 eggs in a clutch. Eggs laid in a flask shaped cavity near water. Hatches after 12 weeks.
Habitat Freshwater rivers, lakes & sloughs.
Range Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Discussion Females only leave water when breeding. Worm-like structure on its tongue to lure prey similar to a "fishing lure". Also seen to eat smaller turtles. Can live up to 60 years in captivity.