One is the common snapping turtle and the other is the alligator snapping turtle. These turtles have fast gained worldwide recognition as being exotic pets for many people. Let's look at some details about snapping turtle habitat.
Snapping Turtle Dwelling
Snapping turtles are freshwater turtles that are found in the United States. There are three species of snapping turtle known to man, the common snapping turtle, Florida snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle.
The alligator snapping turtle is mainly found in north America - in southern US waters and ponds. While the common surroundings consists of lakes and streams from south America to Canada. Snapping turtles can stay submerged in water for more than 3 hours. Female snapping turtles come on open land for nesting.
Snapping turtles prefer water bodies with muddy bottoms, with some drifting wood and lots of vegetation. Snapping turtles found in northern parts of America hibernate in winter. People have also found snapping turtles living in icy waters.
Snapping Turtle Facts
» Snapping turtles are generally considered harmless, but if you meet one on land just step away. It can injure you with its sharp claws and strong jaws. The claws are powerful and dangerous enough to sever human fingers.
» Snapping turtles can't pull their head and legs in to their shells like other turtles. They are very slow and considered defenseless on land.
» As they are aquatic in nature, the shells of the snapping turtle are usually covered with moss. They are often mistaken to be flat rocks, when submerged in water. They can remain in water for long hours, so the next time if you are heading out for a swim to a nearby lake or pond. Keep your eyes open for a snout poking out from the water depths.
» In the wild its main food are fish but if it's hungry it will also eat small turtles and other aquatic animals, they are also known to have a capacity of eating anything when there is a shortage of their favorite food. The alligator snapping turtle also attacks and eats small alligators.
Snapping Turtle Care
If you are thinking of buying snapping turtles as pets, I say think twice. A snapping turtle will need a huge tank or may be a pond, depending on its size. These turtles are big in size and need ample space to move in water and on land.
The water used for its new home should be clean. You should fill up the right amount of water, enough to cover it, but not in excess such that it cannot raise its head to breathe. The water should be cleaned once a week, so use a powerful external filter. The water temperature should be around 22º C to 25º C.
Fill your tank or water pond with some gravel and driftwood, so that the turtle can climb and rest on land. If you are taking a snapping turtle as a pet it should be exposed to the day and night cycle. In captivity you can feed your pet turtle some vegetables like shredded lettuce, carrots and celery once in three days.