Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

The snapping turtle is the largest turtle in Ohio. Large specimens may weigh more than 35 pounds and have a carapace more than 14 inches long. Snappers seldom bask in the sun except in early spring; therefore, though they are very abundant they are not seen as frequently as most other turtles. From May through June, females may be seen crossing roads in search of sites to lay their eggs. Snapping turtles usually provide the meat for turtle soup. Although the snapping turtle’s powerful, keen-edged jaws are capable of doing great damage to a carelessly placed finger, stories of their snapping broom handles in half are greatly exaggerated. However, great caution should be exercised when handling these exceptionally bold and aggressive reptiles. LENGTH: 8” – 14”

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Distribution of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)