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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
    Snapping turtle

    Posted by Isaac Gonzales on Mar 3rd 2022

    I received my snapping turtle exactly the next day i ordered. He was active and healthy looking. He ate the next day. So far he seems fine and swims around like a happy little guy. Im happy with the purchase and if i were to buy another species if not the same i would buy from here again. Also id like to note then near immediate response they gave to my Gmail i had sent them. At the time on this message ive had my turtle for 2 days

  • 5
    Hatchling turtle

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 2nd 2022

    Arrived on time healthy and began eating after only a short time. Very pleased with the turtle source.

  • 5
    Baby turle

    Posted by Dan on Jan 18th 2022

    Arrived quickly in good health, very pleased with our new little friend

  • 5
    Both turtles were just as described. No flaws or imperfections. each was healthy and started eating within 1 hour.

    Posted by Rob Mahalsky on Oct 24th 2021

    Would reorder again.

  • 5
    Common Snapping Turtle

    Posted by Adam Bird on Aug 18th 2021

    Arrived in great shape and was eating within minutes!

  • 5
    Beautiful common snapping turtle

    Posted by Robert Elmore on Aug 9th 2021

    Looks very healthy started eating right away and super active.excited to build a walk in enclosure for it as it grows

  • 5
    Baby common snapping turtle

    Posted by Spencer Hasting on Aug 3rd 2021

    My baby arrived today. He’s very active and has already eaten. I’m very happy with him and this company.

  • 5
    Common snapper

    Posted by Gerardo on Jul 29th 2021

    Just got my little snapping turtle. Looks great and active. Is already eating minutes after opening the box. Healthy and great looking animal and great customer service.

  • 5

    Posted by Lou Martinez on Jul 21st 2021

    Turtle source is the best place to get turtles my snapping turtle still alive,active and eating well he's awesome thx turtle source.

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