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Common Snapping Turtle

Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina
(Order Testudines, Family Chelydridae)

Diagnosis: Adults can weigh up to 40 pounds with a carapace of 18 inches. Three longitudinal ridges run down the carapace (shell). The plastron (underbelly shell) is very reduced and consists of four pairs of shields and a small shield in the front. The tail is almost as long as the carapace and is covered with plates on the underside. The feet are flattened and toes are webbed for mobility in its aquatic habitat.

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