Adult snapping turtles have few natural predators due to their size and aggressive nature. However, there are many animals that eat baby snapping turtles, including raccoons, snakes, largemouth bass, great blue herons, alligators, foxes, skunks, bullfrogs, crows and other large species of turtles.Continue Reading
As is the case for many other animals, humans are by far the biggest threat to snapping turtles, both through loss of habitat and due to hunting. Some people prize snapping turtles for their shells and also their meat. Turtle soups and stews are popular in many places around the world, so the turtles are often hunted and sold in the black market animal trade.
Hunting and habitat loss has led to a severe decline in the populations of both common and alligator snapping turtles, which are the only two remaining species in the world and are both considered threatened, as of 2014. Due to the decline, many places have made laws protecting snapping turtles.
Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtle in North America and have a fairly small range, being primarily located in lakes, rivers and streams in the southwestern U.S. Common snapping turtles are the smaller and more aggressive of the two and can be found in freshwater from southern Canada through South America.Learn more about Turtles
Both tortoises and turtles are able to flip themselves over from a supine position. Adaptations such as tall, uneven shells assist in creating an imbalance that allows the turtle or tortoise to roll back to its feet.Full Answer >
Not all aquatic turtles can breathe underwater, but some have developed methods of getting oxygen while underwater. Some take in water through their noses or mouths and get oxygen through their pharynges, while some others take in water through their anal openings, according to the Oceanic Resource Foundation.Full Answer >
Turtle reproduction process begins a couple of weeks before the nesting season. Two or more males may court a female at the same time. They copulate in the water; a few weeks later, the female emerges onto a beach at night to lay and bury between 50 to 200 eggs in the sand. Females nest every two or three years and can lay up to nine clutches each season.Full Answer >
The average turtle walks at a rate of 3 to 4 miles per hour. A turtle swims at a speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour. Although turtles move slowly, they move at faster rates than the average tortoise.Full Answer >