***Snapping turtles are the largest
freshwater turtle. They can be over 2 feet long and weigh over
45 pounds. Snapping turtles are very mean,and have a deadly bite.
Adult turtles have a dark brown shell. The underside of the shell
is small, allowing their heavy neck, legs, and tail freedom for
***Snapping turtles eat fish, insects,
frogs, small birds, plants, and crayfish. They move their heads
very quickly, and snap their jaws around their prey. When eating
they must remain underwater.
***These turtles are swift walkers
on land, and can jump completely off the ground. Because they
can't go back into its shell, it protects itself by biting and
snapping. They are found on the bottom of the pond, or floating
with just its nostrils above water.
***During the summer, snapping turtles
lay hard shelled eggs that will hatch in about 3 months. When
winter comes, snapping turtles hibernate in the mud on the bottom
of the pond. These are some important facts about snapping turtles.