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Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine serpentine)

Order Familly
Testudines Chelydridae

Green: the Borealie

Red: Distribution


Mostly carnivorous, they feed on insects, shellfish, molluscs, live or dead fish, and amphibians. They often consume decaying carcasses and at times aquatic plants. They look for prey that swims on the surface, including baby ducks, muskrats, and other turtles.


Sexual maturity is achieved between 11 and 19 years. Mating takes place early in the spring, but can also happen in the fall. Eggs are laid between the end of May and the end of June. The female can lay up to one hundred eggs (although usually between 20 and 40). The nest is dug into gravel, sand, or loam. Hatching occurs between August and October. Interestingly, the sex of the baby turtles depends on the temperature of their incubation.


28 to 40 years.


Due to their size and aggressiveness, they have few predators. The coyote and raccoon sometimes can kill an adult or at least injure it. Raccoons, skunks and foxes have been known to eat their eggs. Some birds of prey, water birds, minks, and even bullfrogs can eat young turtles.


Threatened, according to the conservation status of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).