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  • French
    • tortue serpentine
  • Scientific Names
    • Chelydra serpentina
    • Chelonura serpentina
    • Chelydra emarginata
    • Chelydra lacertina
    • Chelydra osceola
    • Chelydra serpentina osceola
    • Chelydra serpentina serpentina
    • Devisia mythodes
    • Emysaura serpentina
    • Macrochelys lacertina
    • Macroclemys lacertina
    • Testudo serpentaria
    • Testudo serpentina
  • English
    • Snapping Turtle
    • North American Snapping Turtle
    • Common Snapping Turtle
  • Spanish
    • Tortuga lagarto

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

Date

July 24, 2015 02:25 PM EDT

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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sanguinaria33

Date

August 29, 2015 03:52 PM CDT

Description

A nice lady had stopped traffic so this big ol' guy could get across the road to safety

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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aguilita

Date

August 30, 2015

Description

Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

30 August 2015: Visiting the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas can be an occasion to take some interesting wildlife images because of the two small ponds that are located on campus immediately to the north of the main campus library which is called the Blagg-Huey Library. This was the case today when we returned to peruse the library and in passing observed this Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). The big turtle was amicable enough to allow us to take several close images of it. As Common Snapping Turtles go this was not an older specimen rather it would be considered to be on the younger side since these turtles can get to be up to 35 pounds and live up to 30 years in the wild. According to the online Web site called Texas Turtles, “The common snapping turtle has a geographic distribution that extends from southern Canada into the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains, and southward into Mexico, Central America, and Ecuador. Of the two species [of snapping turtles], alligator snapping turtles occupy a smaller range and are restricted to river systems in the southeastern United States.” Because of its extensive presence throughout portions of North and South America, the Common Snapping Turtle is invariably an authentic resident of the Western Hemisphere.

Source: “Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Linnaeus, 1758,” Texas Turtles, www.Texasturtles.com, accessed 8.30.15, http://www.texasturtles.org/Chelydra_serpentina.html

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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mfining1

Date

August 30, 2015 11:00 AM EDT

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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madeleinehayes

Date

August 30, 2015 10:56 AM EDT

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Description

Male

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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robertnelson

Date

August 30, 2015 10:55 AM EDT

Description

Snapping turtle, one of five caught in traps filled with sardine cans.

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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andrewdubois

Date

May 18, 2015 06:57 PM CDT

Description

Encountered alongside railroad tracks that spanned two concrete ditches filled with murky water, surrounded by farmland.

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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mfbenard

Date

July 7, 2015

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Description

Snapping turtle trying to cross the road.

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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mbouse

Date

August 16, 2015 08:56 AM EDT

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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swampy

Date

August 26, 2015

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Description

Hatchling

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

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swampy

Date

August 26, 2015

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Shell discovered

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Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

Observer

barrettrp

Date

August 20, 2015 12:20 PM EDT

Description

Large, 32 lb male snapping turtle. Captured and used to demonstrate sampling procedures for research study.

Released where captured.

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Description from Wikipedia

The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a large freshwater turtle of the family Chelydridae. Its natural range extends from southeastern Canada, southwest to the edge of the Rocky Mountains, as far east as Nova Scotia and Florida. This species and the larger alligator snapping turtle are the only two species in this family found in North America (though the common snapping turtle, as its name implies, is much more widespread).

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