Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) for sale


Common Snapping Turtles for sale at American Reptile Distributors! 

  • Species: Chelydra serpentina
  • Origin: Captive Bred
  • Size: Adults are reaching between 15-20 inches
  • Natural Range: Southeastern Canada and Eastern United States
  • Food: Turtle pellets
  • Lifespan: Up to 25-50 years in captivity with proper care


  1. Species: The scientific name for the Common Snapping Turtle is Chelydra serpentina.
  2. Origin: The Common Snapping Turtles available at American Reptile Distributors are captive-bred, meaning they were bred and raised in captivity rather than being captured from their natural habitat.
  3. Size: Adult Common Snapping Turtles can reach a size of 15-20 inches, measuring the length of their shells. This measurement includes both the carapace (upper shell) and plastron (lower shell).
  4. Natural Range: Common Snapping Turtles are naturally found in Southeastern Canada and the Eastern United States. They inhabit freshwater environments such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and swamps.
  5. Feeding: Common Snapping Turtles are primarily bottom feeders, meaning they search for food at the bottom of their aquatic habitats. In captivity, they can be fed turtle pellets, which provide balanced nutrition for their dietary needs.
  6. Lifespan: With proper care, Common Snapping Turtles can live up to 25-50 years in captivity. This lifespan may vary depending on various factors such as diet, habitat conditions, and overall health.
  7. Habitat and Environment: Common Snapping Turtles require a suitable habitat to thrive. In captivity, they need a spacious enclosure with both land and water areas. The water portion should be deep enough for them to fully submerge, and the land area should provide a basking spot under a heat lamp. It's important to maintain clean water and provide hiding places, such as rocks or logs, for the turtles.
  8. Temperament and Handling: Common Snapping Turtles are known for their feisty temperament and can be aggressive if mishandled or provoked. It's essential to exercise caution and avoid handling them unnecessarily. When handling is necessary, it's best to do so with the guidance of an experienced reptile handler to ensure the safety of both the turtle and the handler.
  9. Health and Care: Regular veterinary check-ups are crucial to monitor the health of Common Snapping Turtles. They require a balanced diet consisting of turtle pellets, supplemented with occasional live or frozen prey such as fish, insects, or earthworms. It's important to provide proper UVB lighting and maintain appropriate temperature and humidity levels in their enclosure.
  10. Legal Considerations: Before acquiring a Common Snapping Turtle or any reptile, it's essential to research and comply with local laws and regulations regarding ownership, as these may vary by jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions may require permits or have restrictions on keeping certain reptile species.


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