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Florida Snapping Turtle

$44.95 - $395.00
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Product Description

Florida Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina osceola) are found only in peninsular Florida where they live the typical snapper's life at the bottom of their pond or lake buried in the mud waiting for their next meal to pass by. The only real difference between Florida and Common Snapping Turtles is soft spikes on the neck and head called turbercles. On Common Snappers the tubercles are rounded, and on the Florida Snapping Turtle, the tubercles are pointed. Florida snappers are usually a warmer light brown color as juveniles, while Common Snappers are more gray to black. Otherwise, Florida Snapping Turtles behave identically to Common Snappers who's behavior and description follows:

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 and Washington state do not allow Florida or Common Snapping Turtles to be kept by individuals - so we cannot ship Snapping Turtles to those states without special permits.

Other Details

Common Name:
Florida Snapping Turtle
Scientific Name:
Chelydra Serpentina Osceola
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
    Was better then expected

    Posted by Melissa on Feb 13th 2024

    Let me just say I'll be telling all my friends and family about these guys at the turtle source!! I couldn't be happier with my little baby nor with their amazing customer service. My little one was purchased a couple days before it's arrival date (reason was is I was waiting for a few things for it's tank) so I'd be ready for my new little baby. I gave them a call and the lady I talked too was very polite and knowledgeable. I can't say any bad nor negative things

  • 5
    5 snapping turtle from The Turtle Source

    Posted by Joe Carminati on Jan 26th 2024

    I have now bought 5 turtles from The Turtle Source! Amy always so professional and makes time to answer any questions. This week hatchling was just perfect and great color. Eating well and doing great! Thanks Marc and Amy!

  • 5
    Baby snapping turtles

    Posted by Joe Carminati on Nov 16th 2023

    5th order from the Turtle Source and 2 baby snappers were perfect Nd beautiful. I am very happy. Won’t buy from anyone else!

  • 5
    Happy and healthy

    Posted by Christopher on Sep 13th 2023

    I received my Florida Snapping Turtle and he was in excellent good condition and healthy. Will order from The Turtle Source again

  • 5
    Florida Snapping Turtles

    Posted by Nathan theriault on Jul 19th 2023

    Really beautiful, healthy and active little turtles. Once again I'm astonished by the care and service provided by the kind and knowledgeable folks at theturtlesource, will be buying more before the end of the year hopefully!!!!! Why buy turtles/tortoises from anyone else?

  • 5
    So cool

    Posted by Snapping turtle on Mar 9th 2023

    Arrived yesterday, and quickly acclimated to the terrarium. Super cool, tiny little thing. Ate within a few hours of arriving. Tough little guy. My son is thrilled. Thanks!

  • 5
    Florida snapper

    Posted by Khalif Dove on Dec 14th 2022

    Great arrived early the day it was promised lovely & healthy turtle, I recommend The Turtle Source to anyone looking to purchase a turtle.

  • 5
    Florida Snapping Turtle

    Posted by Chris C. on Jun 30th 2022

    I just got my little one this morning, He's so freakin awesome! Already offered him some turtle pellets and he's crushing them with ease. If you're interested in adding a super cool aquatic Dinosaur to your collection, I would 100% recommend getting them from the Turtle Source!

  • 5
    Snapping Turtle

    Posted by Joe Carminati on Apr 29th 2022

    2 purchase very happy