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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Snapping Turtle

Beauty Of Animal | Snapping Turtle | Snapping turtles are large aquatic freshwater reptiles that only live in North America. There are only two species of snapping turtle that still exist, which are the Common Snapping Turtle and the Alligator Snapping Turtle. The Common Snapping Turtle tends to live at higher latitudes than the Alligator. Common snapping turtles are more active hunters and will eat just about anything.
Snapping turtles do not make good pets, usually, as they will never stop growing. The largest snapping turtles on record have weight records of around 600 lbs. Alligator snapping turtles have been known to grow even larger. The Snapping turtle's main deference mechanism is their powerful snapping jaws, which enable them to make short work of attackers and small prey. Alligator snapping turtles and common snapping turtles have a very different looking appearances. 
The alligator snapping turtle has a long head and almost spiky shell, where the common snapping turtle has a more rounded head and a smoother shell. They are also easily distinguished by size as the common snapping turtle is smaller than the alligator snapping turtle. Snapping turtle mating takes place once a year generally in the spring time.

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