Snapping Turtles

Snapping turtles, which belong to the biological family Chelydridae, are a family of turtles consisting of four living species and several extinct species. Snapping turtles are known for their predatory behavior (they'll eat everything from fish to baby waterfowl such as ducklings) and their belligerent disposition when not in the water. In the United States, common snapping turtles are hunted and used as the main ingredient in turtle soup.

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What does a baby snapping turtle eat?

I had a snapping turtle and I fed it worms that you can buy at any discount food store. I fed him that and he was completely fine.

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Anything it can fit into it's mouth that moves, as well as a lot of things that don't move. Like most baby turtles, a baby snapper prefers live food. I picked one up from the middle of a road in my neighborhood a couple days ago. He is tiny, probably hatched last summer or fall. I put him in an aquarium with some gravel and about an inch of water and threw in a couple small earthworms and he ate them right away. As they get older they'll scavenge just about anything, but they love worms, tadpoles, frogs, small fish, and about any insect they find in front of them.

I have raised them for six years and fed mine earthworms leaf worms grubs and cut up leaches. Small black tadpoles and small fish, when they are young I have also fed them bologna. They also will eat pinky mice when they get old enough. The thing to note about snapping turtles is that they are carrion eaters, and scavengers so if you don't mind the mess they will work on the same fish for a few days if it's to big to eat in one sitting.

I just found my baby snapping turtle and i put him in a tank but don't put any tank rocks or fake plants because when there a baby if the get hungry they'll eat what ever he can get. I feed them earth worms minnows, and when they get older you can feed frogs to them, pink mice too.But don't worry if he doesn't finish it in one meal.

I feed my snapping turtle chunk cat food, and he eats aquarium plants and guppies too but he was a little slow to catch the guppies at first and was fun to watch him try! but cat food is the best thing

I have a baby snapper. He is one year old. he eats so much. is that normal? He is so fat but healthy i have his tank like a clean swamp real nice he loves crickets, raw chop meat and turtle shrimp what do you think?

i found a baby snapper have no idea how old it is very small (about the size of a quarter) i put it in a ten gallon tank with a little pond looking thing with gravel and rocks. im not sure what to feed it, it ate these pellets i got at the local pet store but it stopped. right now im trying lettuce and next im gonna try fish. (guppies)

The other day i was walking down a street in my neighborhhod and I found 9 baby snapping turtles. I intend to keep one but i think I will bring the others to a shelter or something. I will by them some worms , but i have only had them since yesterday, so for now its just bologna. I only have 2 plastic tubawairs for them for right now. But, hey atleast I saved their lives. I am not sure how old they are, but theye are about the size of a quarter and still have shells that are alittle squishy.

I found a wee little snapper, but I don't know how old it is. it still has its egg tooth... Anyway, I've been trying lettuce and bread, partially from an experience I had four summers ago(I was ten) in Florida where there was a huge snapping turtle and I dropped my slice of bread I was feeding the birds.... It stared at it for a second and then..... I didn't know turtles could move THAT fast!!! Anyway, i think I'll try next what you guys all said!

My grandfather found a little snapper turtle on his step and brought it inside. He gave it to us and we had no clue how to take care of it. We fed him a turtle food stick. We think he ate it because it is gone. We also read on this web sight that we should try to feed him guppies. Right now he is only 3 inches long. He moves very fast so we think he can catch the live guppies.

I found my cute little snapper 5 days ago and i fed it little pieces of bread. He loved it! My snapper is about the size of a half dollar. He is so cute! I put him in a reptile shelter cage with a rock and he loves it I can't wait to see him grow!!

My cute little snapper's name is woodchip because i found him lying under a woodchip!! I found my cute little snapper 5 days ago and i fed it little pieces of bread. He loved it! I don't know how old he is but he is about the size of a half dollar. He is so cute! I put him in a reptile shelter cage with a rock and he loves it I can't wait to see him grow!! HE IS AWESOME AND I LOVE HIM!!!

I found a baby snapping turtle in my pond.It is about the size of a quater.My friend and I are taking care of it.We feed it fish flakes and plants.

I have formed a club called "Save A Turtle".If you find a turtle in a street, you have to put it in a safe place,but if you find a baby turtle in a street, you have raise it,or you have to give it to me to raise.I found a baby snapp- ing turtle,but it was in my dad's pond.

Raw meat and vegetables, but they are also fond of fingers, so feed them carefully.

Pet stores also carry food for water turtles that you can use. do not get land turtle food.

my mom found a baby snapping turtle and gave it to me about a year and a half ago, he is very fast, he loves grapes and minnows, but try to avoid feeding them gold fish. you can also try raw meat, cooked meat, earth worms, meal worms, grubs, basically any insect. or if you dont have alot of time to buy sorts of food for him/her then after you eat dinner give them alittle bit of you're left over meat and vegetables.

I just found a turtle a couple days ago and i put lettuce in its tank and it did not eat it so im gona go to the store and buy some earth worms to see if it will eat them.

Are snapping turtles fast outside of the water?

no. In fact, snapping turtles mostly stands stationary, patiently waiting for their prey.

How much does a baby alligator snapping turtle weigh?

Weight: Males can weigh up to 175 lbs (though they have been known to exceed 220 lbs) and females typically weigh around 50 lbs.

Do snapping turtles eat fruits?

No, they would never encounter fruit in the wild, and there carnivores.

Do alligators eat common snapping turtles?

alligators dont eat turltles. to be sure do to the web to make sure!

Can male snapping turtles lay eggs?

no the only male animal that can lay eggs are sea horses

Is it good for baby snapping turtles to be out in the hot sun?

Some sun won't hurt them as long as they have shade to cover them whenever they choose to get out of the sun. They are water turtles and must have water deep enough that it doesn't get very hot all the way to the bottom so they can cool down if they choose.

AnswerAs long as they don't get to much! In winter they bury themselves in dry mud to keep warm!

EDIT: Sunlight contains UV lighting- which is necessary for a chelonian's (turtle, tortoise, or terrapin) ability to process vitamin D-3 (absolutely necessary for bone and shell growth). In this way, it is beneficial. When keeping your turtle outside, remember to provide sunny water, sunny land, shaded water, and shaded land, as well as some mud [my tortoise, for example, loves soaking in shallow (make sure it's shallow) mud].

What if a baby snapping turtle's egg is broken but is alive?

Moisten vermiculite with water (50/50 by weight, not volume--it should just stick together when you squeeze it, but no water should come out). Place this in a plastic bin with a lid.

Bury the egg halfway in the vermiculite, and keep it at a constant 80F. Put on the lid. Eggs don't need much oxygen, so checking it once a day is enough. The turtle CAN survive this, if the egg is not too badly damaged. Keep until it either hatches, or it's so molded and rotted there's nothing left. (Even a little mold won't kill an egg!)

Are snapping turtles dangerous to other animals?

It will be fine as long as you did not provoke it. Don't worry! It does not crawl as fast as we walk!

Do snapping turtles eat people?

No snapping turtles do not 'eat' people, they may bite at them though.

Do snapping turtles lay their eggs on land?

Yes they do, a female will come on land to the edge of the water and dig a hole to lay her eggs in. She might dig several practise or tester holes before laying her eggs.

Do baby snapping turtle's eat bacon?

Yes, actually bacon has been proven to increase the lifespan of snapping jk, its probably not good for them.

Are there different kinds of snapping turtles?

Yes there are, there are two kinds, common snapper, and alligator snapper.

How do you take care of a newly hatched snapping turtles?

Release it back into the wild, near a stream or lake. They come into the world ready to take care of themselves.

Do snapping turtles have mammary glands?

No. Turtles lay eggs - which hatch independently from the mother.

What kind of music do snapping turtles like?

i was informed that they only listen to gucci mane Micheal Jackson and Justin bieber

Can snapping turtles hurt humans?

I got my index finger an my middle finger bit off by a snapping turtle. Soo, ya they can.

What do you do if your baby snapping turtle is not eating?

Take your baby snapping turtle to the vet. It might be sick and need some medicine. Good luck:)