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.Know More
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
Turtles have backbones. According to Scholastic, turtles are reptiles, and all reptiles have backbones. A turtle's shell has upper and lower parts, the carapace and plastron, respectively, which are connected to the animal's backbone, ribs, shoulders and hips.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 >
Terrestrial turtles, called tortoises, live on all continents except for Australia and Antarctica and inhabit many islands. Tortoises are found in a wide array of environments, including deserts and tropical rain forests. Most tortoises are herbivorous and have a diet consisting of leaves, fruits and flowers.Full Answer >
Turtles do not become pregnant; they lay eggs to reproduce. Most turtle eggs have an incubation period of 45 to 75 days.Full Answer >