Species Spotlight! Common Snapping Turtle!

Snapping Turtle Sunday!

Did you know that native Common Snapping Turtles find refuge in shallow wetlands on the grounds of our Turtle Survival Center in South Carolina? You can indirectly help them by donating to our Turtle Month campaign! Your support today, #NationalHonestyDay, will help ensure the longevity of the world-class facility that is the Turtle Survival Center and its grounds, because the honest truth is, turtles are in trouble. https://give.turtlesurvival.org/2023-Turtle-Month-SM

Common name: Common Snapping Turtle

Scientific name: Chelydra serpentina

Countries of origin: United States of America, Canada

Habitat: Freshwater ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps, ditches, slow-moving rivers and streams, and brackish estuaries

Threats: Habitat destruction and degradation; road mortality; pollution; collection for personal and commercial consumption

Wild Population: Stable/Unknown; highly adaptable to man-made aquatic environments; decreasing in some areas due to collection for the food trade

Conservation: Personal and commercial take regulated at the state/provincial level; field surveys; CITES Appendix II

Graphic: Jordan Gray

Turtle Photo: Licensed

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