Snapping Turtle – 6/23/23

Observer: Eldad Ganin

Observation Date: 6/23/23

Observation Time: 4:59 p.m.

Observation Location: Hammershop Pond

Common Name: Snapping Turtle

Scientific Name: Chelydra serpentina

Comments: Snapping turtles are found in all sorts of water bodies, from rivers to lakes to marshes. They eat many different plants and animals, but become more vegetarian as they age.

Snapping turtles can be aggressive and deliver a painful bite if threatened. Give them plenty of space and be aware that their neck can stretch the length of the shell. Never grab one by the tail—you could seriously injure the turtle.

More Information: Tufts Wildlife Clinic and Mass Audubon’s guide to turtle species