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Common Snapping TurtleChelydra serpentina
- 20.3-36 cm; record 49.4cm
- 4.5-16kg; record 32kg snapping turtle once lived at Toronto Zoo
Carapace is light brown to black
- young turtles have three longitudinal keels; older turtles almost smooth
- Plastron is yellowish, small and cross-shaped; legs and skin not well protected
- Large head, two barbels on neck
- Head, limbs and tail are brown
- Tail is same length or longer than carapace with "dinosaur-like" triangular scales projecting from the upper side.
- Only aggressive when threatened on land
- Will swim away from danger and people when in the water
- Lays 20-40 round, ping-pong ball-like eggs
- SPECIAL CONCERN