Where Do Snapping Turtles Live?

Photo: Virginia State Parks / Flickr
Photo: Virginia State Parks / Flickr

There are many species of snapping turtles, but the common snapping turtle is a primarily aquatic animal that prefers to spend most of its time submerged beneath the water. These turtles have a large range throughout North America and can be found in the United States, Canada and Central America.

Snapping turtles spend so much time in the water that sometimes aquatic plants, such as algae, will start to grow on the turtle. The turtles like water that moves at a slow pace or water sources with soft bottoms, such as mud. They also will hibernate in colder regions under the water by burying themselves in the bottom of their home water source.

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