REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 59

REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 59

We’re going exploring in the US today for an aquatic reptile with a bite! Let’s grab our wellies and your night vision goggles and let’s go exploring near a pond and see if we can find today’s animal!

EE NIGHT MARSH

MEET THE COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE!

common snapping turtle   Range/Habitat: South Canada-USA-Mexico/ ponds, lakes & streams

   Diet: Omnivore: fish, frogs, aquatic plants

   Length/Weight: 10-20”/9.5-35 lbs

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Common Snapping Turtles carapaces (top shell) vary in color, from brown to green.
  • They have long tails.
  • Common snapping turtles are nocturnal.
  • Common snapping turtles spend most of their lives in water.
  • They have webbed feet.
  • Common snapping turtles hibernate in cold weather.
  • Female common snapping turtles lay a clutch of eggs and the sex of the babies is determined by the temperature of the nest.

Common snapping turtles are such amazing creatures. Those snapping beaks are definitely built for eating! We’ll stay away those!

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10 thoughts on “REPTILIAN TUESDAY # 59

  1. When I was first adopted, I took my treats like a snapping turtle. *gobble* Now I have learned to wait nicely and take food carefully. Those turtles might need to learn some manners!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this post on my blog. 🙂

  3. Stella the Great Newfenees here, via my scribe…
    I was so excited to see this post! These turtles live just down the hill from me in the river, and I see them sunning on the rocks all the time in the summer. They get very big (we have one about 80 cm across the shell who’s a regular visitor)! But you are so right about keeping clear of their noses. My scribe’s horse Zak went to say hello to one who’d come up the hill to lay her eggs one day. She was very rude. She reared up on her hind legs and NIPPED ZAK’S NOSE!! YIPES! That hurt! Zak wore a mark on his nose for several days afterward….
    Thanks for teaching us some more about them!

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