What are some snapping turtle facts?


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Snapping turtles are excellent hunters and are commonly at the top of the food chain where they live. They hunt for fish by using pink protrusions on the end of their tongues as lures resembling worms.

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In addition to their powerful jaws, snapping turtles have massive claws on their feet that allow them to rip their food into pieces and to climb hills so they can nest. Snapping turtles rarely leave the water, with the exception being females going to lay eggs on land after mating annually during the spring. They're capable of staying under the water for up to three hours without surfacing.

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