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Common Snapping Turtle, Photographs of, by Gina Mikel


Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

About the photograph:
Taken at Powder Valley, Missouri Conservation Department, Kirkwood, Missouri

About common snapping turtles:

Common snapping turtles grow to a length of eight to fourteen inches. They are found near freshwater and brackish ponds, marshes, slow rivers, streams, and lakes. Females lay eggs in June. Hatchlings emerge after several months. Common snapping turtles can live up to twenty-four years. They spend most of their lives in water.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptila
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Chelydridae

More about common snapping turtles:

Wikipedia: Snapping Turtles
Michigan DNR: Common Snapping Turtle
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Common Snapping Turtles

 

 



 

 

 

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