Common Snapping Turtle

 

The turtle on the right is a common snapping turtle.  The turtle on the left is an alligator 
snapping turtle.  Alligator snappers are less common in this area of the country.


 
8"-19", the most familiar snapper with massive head and powerful jaws and  a very thick, long tail with saw-toothed bumps.  Carapace is tan to dark brown, with 3 rows of weak keels (bumps), and is serrated in the rear; 12 marginas scutes perside.  Plastron is yellow to tan and small.  Weighs over 45lbs.