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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
    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

  • 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.