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Common Snapping Turtle

$24.95 - $69.95
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Product Description

One of North America's most recognizable fully aquatic Turtles, the Common Snapping Turtle, inhabits nearly all bodies of slow moving, soft bottomed water, fresh and brackish, from Nova Scotia to Mexico, east of the Rocky Mountains. In Florida it gives way to the Florida Snapping Turtle.

Common Snapping Turtles are true omnivores, and will eat anything they can fit into their mouths. Juveniles freely forage for food, while adults prefer to be ambush predators, lying in wait for the next passing meal. These tendencies make all sizes excellent tank turtles. Not the best community turtles, juvenile Common Snapping Turtles think everyone's tail is a worm - and will promptly remove them - even other snappers'. We feed ours pellets, cut fish and beef. Water plants are also offered. One study has shown hatchlings to imprint well on early food items.

In the last century, people's taste for Common Snapping Turtles, severely damaged many wild populations. Now, many are farm raised, both in the US and abroad. Wild Snapping Turtles are almost always quite vicious. Captive raised snappers, if handled often, will tame down fairly well. They never loose their fiercely vicious feeding response, and keepers never seem to loose their fascination for them...

Please note that California, Oregon and Washington state do not allow Snapping Turtles to be kept by individuals - so we cannot send Snapping Turtles to those states without special permits. New York State allows Florida Snapping Turtles - but not Common Snapping Turtles.

Other Details

Common Name:
Common Snapping Turtle
Scientific Name:
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Restricted States:
Turtle Category:
North American Water Turtles
Turtle Subcategory:
Snapping Turtles

Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5

    Posted by Isaac on Apr 13th 2023

    My little Munchie arrived yesterday and has acclimated to his new tank and made himself at home already. This is my 2nd common snapping turtle from The Turtle Source , I hope he will grow into a sweet and docile snapper like his older brother Prince ( Prince had to be relocated to my Aunt's private pond when I moved to a smaller space a few years ago and is thriving ) now that I have the appropriate space again , I'm excited to watch Munchie grow !

  • 5
    Fell in love!

    Posted by Emily on Mar 4th 2023

    My little Bitty Crocker looked up at me the moment I took her out of the clear plastic tub. There was a paper towel carpet to ensure her comfort on the truck ride to her forever home. Her neck extends curiously when I approach the tank with shrimp and crickets for her to snack on! She's sweet✨

  • 5
    Common snapper turtle 3 inch

    Posted by Michael Houser on Jan 12th 2023

    I am very pleased with my purchase! The turtle I received is healthy and full of personality!!! He is eating and basking in the light. He has a great temperament and appears healthy. I will most likely purchase again in the future.

  • 2
    One Turtle was so small I was looking for a yoke sac, before this order you sent all with out tails for full price, sent me a email saying you would send an extra turtle, but then when I asked you said that was a mistake. Website works horribly, not

    Posted by Richard Ellison on Oct 29th 2022

    See above comments

  • 5
    Common snapping turtle

    Posted by lisa richey on Oct 21st 2022

    I ordered a baby common snapping turtle and couldn’t be happier with my purchase! He arrived smoothly and comfortable. I had a few questions along the way and they were answered way quicker than I expected. This is a great company and I plan on buying more

  • 5

    Posted by Alexander on Sep 15th 2022

    Turtle arrived in excellent condition. Great service and quick shipping. They even went above and beyond and sent me some turtle food to get started!!! Thank you turtle source.

  • 5
    Baby Common Snapping Turtle

    Posted by Michael & Eugene on Sep 14th 2022

    Our Baby Snapping Turtle arrived in Texas, alive and healthy. Delivery came sooner than expected and we couldn't wait to open the box. Little Guy (or girl) had clear eyes, all digits, super long tail and great coloring. The baby ate right away (within 24 hrs) and has a super chill demeanor (subject to change, LOL). Thank you for the starter food. We look forward to many years of working with this little guy. We will definitely be ordering more companions in the near future. Thank You, Michael & Eugene

  • 5
    Llegó bien, en buen ambiente dentro de su caja

    Posted by Beatriz on Jul 28th 2022

    Buena compra, llegó muy bien y con buena salud. Ya la tenemos en agua, y ahora está nadando, está muy activa, Gracias

  • 5
    Snapping turtle

    Posted by Jaylen Davis on Jul 12th 2022

    I ordered a yearling snapping turtle shipped fast he is eating and he looks great and I am happy with my purchase

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