What Are Some Interesting Facts About Snapping Turtles?

Photo: The Forest Vixen / Flickr
Photo: The Forest Vixen / Flickr

Interesting facts about snapping turtles include:

  • Snapping turtles are some of the largest freshwater turtles and are omnivores.
  • These turtles generally weight up to 40 lbs. and can live to about 70 years in the wild.
  • Snapping turtles are adaptable as they can live in brackish waters.
  • These turtles are found throughout North America

  • They spend most of their lives underwater and generally only leave to mate
  • These turtles are ready to mate when their shells reach 8 inches in length
  • Turtles reach maturity between 8 to 10 years old
  • Snapping turtles bask in water as opposed to on land