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Incredible Snapping Turtle Facts

The snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine) is a freshwater turtle native to North America. Also called snapper and Tortuga Lagarto, this animal gets its scientific name “serpentine” from its snake-like behaviors. There are two species of snapping turtles — the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). They belong to the reptilia class, are mostly brown, black, or tan, and can grow shells of up to 20 inches long.

There are numerous fun facts relating to the snapping turtle. First, they are nocturnal animals with a maximum lifespan of about 50 years in the wild. Secondly, they’re solitary beings that have lakes, ponds, canals, and rivers for habitats. Snapping turtles also have mouths that resemble a bird’s hooked beaks. There are more incredible facts everyone must learn about the snapping turtle. We’ve discussed 10 of them below.

The Snapping Turtle Can Eat Anything

While most animals have specific things that they eat, the snapping turtle isn’t in any way selective of what goes into its mouth. It eats anything it can get its jaws around. The snapping turtle can eat carrion, invertebrates, fish, birds, small mammals, and amphibians. It also eats algae and has a large appetite for aquatic vegetation. The reason for this though is their habitat. Since they live in fresh or brackish water, the vegetation available falls victim to its widely acceptable appetite.

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