Chelydra serpentina serpentina - Northern common snapping turtle
The Northern common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina serpentina, lives in Southern and Eastern Canada, and throughout the Eastern United States.
(see the geographical range map)
This is the most common and abundant of the four subspecies. Thousands are killed on the roads each year, especially in the egg laying season. Many of the
snappers that end up at our homes are these common snapping turtles.
These are also hunted in special hunting seasons, ending up on dinner tables.
Female common snapper
The barbels are not as distinctive and the tubercles on the neck not as visible as in the South American subspecies.