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The "uncommon" Common Snapping Turtles: Chelydra serpentina serpentina

The "uncommon" Common Snapping Turtles

A cinnamon hatchling compared to a normal hatchling

A cinnamon hatchling compared to a normal hatchling


The Common Snapping Turtle and the "uncommon"

North America's most recognizable aquatic Turtle, the Common Snapping Turtle, is found in just about any body of slow moving, soft bottomed water, fresh and brackish, from Nova Scotia to Mexico and east of the Rocky Mountains. The Florida Snapping Turtle rules in Florida.

The "uncommon" Hypos come in Black and White, Silver, Yellow, Cream/White, Orange and Red. Their color begins to show at two inches, by three inches they are “glowing.” The Oranges show up at four inches.

The "uncommon" unique Leucistic Snapping Turtle has pinkish skin with shades of blue and white, with yellow highlights. It's eyes are deep blue and it's shell is very light. Behavior and care are the same as normally colored Snapping Turtles. It is so unique there may only be one of it's kind in existence.

And then there is the "uncommon" Cinnamon common snapping turtle which is not hypo or albino or leucistic. They are very light brown/tan with pink feet and pale blue around the eyes. Their undersides are even lighter. Pictured with a normal here you can see the contrast. These Cinnamon Snappers, the first of their kind ever seen, may be the start of“designer snapper”color morphs. No matter what their genetic mutation is - it will be very interesting to add their genes to albinos or hypos.

And for your amazement, the most "uncommon" common snapping turtle of all, a Two Headed Snapping Turtle...

Sept. 25, 2014, a two-headed snapping turtle sits on a rock in Hudson, Maine. Kathleen Talbot, of Hudson, found the baby..

Sept. 25, 2014, a two-headed snapping turtle sits on a rock in Hudson, Maine. Kathleen Talbot, of Hudson, found the baby..

You have Two Headed Red Ears, and rarely a Two Headed Yellow Belly, but rarer yet are Two Headed Snapping Turtles - and there have never been any with fully separate necks and heads as the one pictured here ------------------->

Whoops, except until now ------------------------------------------>

Common Snapping Turtles (and the "uncommon" varieties of course) will eat anything they can fit in their mouths. Juveniles forage for food, but adults are content to ambush their prey, lying in wait for the next meal wandering by. Because of these tendencies all sizes make excellent tank turtles although not suited to a community tank. Juvenile Snapping Turtles will think another turtle's tail is a worm - and will promptly devour them - even tails of other snappers. In the last century, the taste for Common Snapping Turtles has severely damaged many wild populations resulting in many being farm raised, in the US and abroad.

Wild Snapping Turtles are quite vicious but captive raised snappers, if handled often, can tame down substantially (see "Meet Tank" video at end) although they never lose their vicious feeding response.

A life time of selective breeding has finally paid off & produced this gem ! They put Two Headed Turtles together for years. They're hoping to breed it back into another two head & produce a 4 headed turtle someday! * (see note at end of hub)

A life time of selective breeding has finally paid off & produced this gem ! They put Two Headed Turtles together for years. They're hoping to breed it back into another two head & produce a 4 headed turtle someday! * (see note at end of hub)

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Albino snapping turtles, the ultimate "uncommon" common snapping turtle are very rare indeed! If you really want one you can purchase a baby albino snapping turtle from for a measly $5000! Why not get a couple to give for Christmas gifts. They are sure to guarantee a white Christmas for your loved ones!


To purchase or get more information on the "uncommon" Common Snapping Turtles go to...

  • The Turtle Source Snapping Turtles
    TheTurtleSource has as many species (or more) than any other breeder in the US. With over 400 different varieties of Turtles and Tortoises for sale. They have, by far, the largest selection of turtles and tortoises for sale anywhere,over 30 yrs. exp.

Alligator Snapping Turtle BITES Researcher

These turtles HATE nosey reporters!

More interesting facts:

* Snapping turtle’s are gifted at finding dead bodies! At one time they were used to locate dead bodies in lakes! They just tied a rope to the turtle and released it underwater. When it found a dead body it would stop moving and start to feed on it.

* In 2006 the snapping turtle was voted the state reptile of New York City. It was a sweeping vote of the public elementary school children of New of State.

* A famous American political cartoon in late 1808, one of those first cartoons marking the beginnings of modern political cartooning, portrayed the common snapping turtle depicted in a protest at the Jeffersonian Embargo Act of 1807.

Watch this ---------------------------> now that you've fallen in love with the "uncommon" common snapping turtle,

Although that is not a common snapping turtle, the results could be the same if it was a common (or "uncommon") snapping turtle!

As this next video demonstrates ---> these turtles HATE nosey reporters!

(or is it that they like reporter's noses?)

Special Delivery! 30 Hatchling Alligator Snapping Turtles Land in Nashville

Just so you know...

CRAZY Alligator Snapping Turtle Bite!

Why do turtles cross the road?

In spring and early summer, snapping turtles cross roads looking for nesting spots. Sometimes their nesting spots can be separated from their water home by roads and turtles will travel up to 1/2 mile from water to find the right spot.

Did you know that the female common snapping turtle doesn’t starting egg laying until they reach an age of 5 to 7 years old and a minimum shell length of ten inches? An average adult’s carapace (upper shell) is eight to fourteen inches long and an adult can weigh between ten to thirty five pounds.

Here is one guy who doesn't care about harming a turtle...

or himself for that matter! Of course if the KY Turtleman plans on eating those snappers I guess he doesn't care how he picks them up.

How to clean a Snapping Turtle

Here is how to clean ,,,,

  • Cut around the the bottom shell edges cutting through the top and bottom shell joint on each side.
  • Lift out the bottom shell like a can's lid nd then remove the entrails.
  • Cut the legs and neck off the inside of the top shell.
  • Skin the legs and neck. Make the meat tender by parboiling or pressure cooking before putting into your favorite stew.

One of the best!


A Turtle Recipe:

Cube the meat from one medium-sized turtle

1 chopped large onion,

2-3 chopped cloves garlic,

4-5 cubed potatoes,

2 14.5 oz. cans of peeled tomatoes or 8-10 coarsely chopped fresh tomatoes,

1 11 oz. can of corn.

  1. Put a little cooking oil in a hot skillet and brown turtle meat, onions and garlic , (use real hot skillet and drop pieces of meat into the hot oil.) Drain oil when the meat is browned all over and transfer meat, garlic and onions to a Dutch oven. Add tomatoes, potatoes, and corn.
  2. Seasoning to taste with salt, pepper and garlic. Just cover ingredients with water, cover and cook for 45 minutes at a high simmer (until you have thoroughly cooked the potatoes).
  3. Now the stew is ready. However, if you prefer you can thicken the sauce with a whole wheat flour/water mixture and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes more.

Mmmmmmm, mmmmm...

Snapping Turtle Braised in White Wine, Rosemary and Thyme

Some believe there are 7 different types of turtle meat. Not! There is white meat and there is dark meat, and the tastes are unique. Some say the taste is a combination of alligator and pork, some also say it's like chicken but turtle is turtle, and it is what it is. You have to try it to know it. Click on the pic source for the recipe.

Never underestimate a snapper

These guys seem to know just how intimidating they are!

Anyone for some rough sex? Snapping turtle kiss = a bite!

Every year in spring, hordes of mother turtles make their way out of the ponds and watersheds looking for warm, moist areas on slopes to build egg nests.While the males stay behind in the water, the females find a place and dig nests that resemble large, double anthills that they place the eggs in about 10 inches underground.

To ward off predators such as foxes and raccoons that feast on the eggs, the mothers will build decoy nests to confuse them.

Amazing: A snapping turtle was caught in a piece of plastic while young - and grew around it.



Bravo for these Veterinarians!

Meet TANK (Any other snapping turtle will give a new meaning to "finger food")

  • Scientist gives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (VIDEO).
    "As my lips slowly moved toward the mouth of the turtle in my lap, I admit to momentarily wondering how my life’s choices had brought me to this point as a research fellow with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program at Auburn University."

Standard wisdom is that pets are great things for any office, raising employee morale and providing a mascot for team-building purposes. The worst office pet is

More Tank, what a turtle!

More litle known facts about other turtle species!

For some great laughs...

...Was for You to Watch This Tortoise Eat a Strawberry

Alan Rickman’s Dying Wish..

By watching this, you have donated to Save the Children and Refugee Council. YouTube gives advertising revenue to whoever uploads a video. The more views on the video, the more money we receive. We will pass all that money on to charities (LINKS BELOW). Share this video to make an impact. With thanks to Alan Rickman. 'Harry Potter' Star Alan Rickman Dies at 69

* NOTE (3 headed turtle)

* NOTE: *April Fools? Sorry, there are no 3 headed (or 4 headed ) turtles in the world - but the idea is fun to imagine as an April fools spoof : )


The Logician (author) from then to now on on February 02, 2015:

OK, I couldn't not let that get through, you win, really you got the last word.

Suzie from Carson City on February 02, 2015:

"Na Na Boo Boo" in Italian means, "Grandma, I'm a baby." Poor little T-T....let me give you some sugared turtles blood..........

The Logician (author) from then to now on on February 02, 2015:

Sorry Jim, I tried. I know, I know, I won't approve another comment!

Suzie from Carson City on February 02, 2015:


The Logician (author) from then to now on on February 02, 2015:

"get some sleep"? need to be kind, everyone knows it now (thanks to your inspiration to take the challenge), you can say it,

get some sleep - in your padded room!

it feels good not to have to keep up the facade anymore, but please let me have this, "The Last Word" (don't want to be out of character & disappoint Jim ;-).

Suzie from Carson City on February 02, 2015:

And we thought the Old World Sicilians had issues.........I'll pray for you T.....In the meantime, get some sleep.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on February 01, 2015:

Hey maybe you could sell Lay's Potato Chips on that idea, I can see the ad now,

Let Lay's make you an offer you can't refuse,

Paula's Half Baked Potato Chips, a Classic Sicilian Recipe and instead of flavors they come in different fevers.

low grade sour cream and cheddar

high grade barbecue,

hyperpyrexia buffalo

mmmmm! mmmmm! Deliriously Good! and Salted the Natural Way!

Suzie from Carson City on February 01, 2015:

Looking in google?? These are old Sicilian home remedies.....only the old Sicilians knew and passed on. Try looking up my grandmother's method to breaking a fever LOL......peel a potato......cut a thick slice more toward the middle of the potato slap the slice on your forehead and secure with a scarf long enough to tie behind your a sweat band. Leave it there. When the potato is done (as in cooked) your fever is gone.

None of the old folks ever got locked up for this stuff either! You won't find that on google, I'm sure!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on February 01, 2015:

sugared turtle blood! ...Nature's Xanax! I never heard of that! I Googled it and found nothing.

You may be onto something big here. What could sound sweeter to a turtle soup connoisseur than BS in a BTB! Gotta have sum.

Suzie from Carson City on February 01, 2015:

Oh Joy. This is as thorough as possible, I assume. I had no idea there was this much info or such a lot to learn about silly old turtles....

My only knowledge and closest contact with turtles was that as a kid I had the tiny ones that I kept in a low round fish bowl, with some colored stones and a few rocks.....& I guess I was pretty attached to them.

I loved my Gram's turtle soup...and here's a little tidbit of Sicilian VooDoo grandmother would pour brown sugar into a bowl of turtle blood and let it harden. Then she'd break it up into pieces and put it in a covered candy dish. This was NOT a treat. This was reserved for serious when you were terribly upset or anxious or had been frightened......then she gave you a piece of the sugared turtle blood...Nature's Xanax?..I suppose it's obvious why, but oh the Old Wive's Tales we were subjected to...we're probably lucky to be alive.

For those seriously into turtles, dude...this hub is awesome. In fact, it's perfect. I can't get over the 2-headed one and OMG ...the one that grew around the piece of plastic!!! Weird!! UP+++ pinned &tweeted

The Logician (author) from then to now on on January 01, 2015:

Well actually Poisonous means that if you eat it or it's absorbed through your skin, you will get sick or worse.

Venomous means that it has a toxin that is injected directly into the bloodstream, causing you to get sick or worse.

There are no venomous turtles but Wild box turtles eat various fungi that are poisonous, and toxins are stored in their bodies, so it is recommended that you not eat them in a survival situation.

What is dangerous is many turtles are kept in unhygenic conditions. Any animal that spends a good deal of time walking around in or swimming around in it's own toilet is likely to harbor various bacteria, among them salmonella, e. coli, etc. So it is suggested that you wash and sanitize your hands any time you handle any reptile.

Meshack Bwoyele Keya from Vihiga County,Western Kenya on January 01, 2015:

Amazing facts. I did not know there is much to learn about turtles as you have written here. So there are many species. Do we have some poisonous ones?

The Logician (author) from then to now on on November 05, 2012:

I belong to PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals..I like to eat...good food! Thanks for visiting and commenting, oh and voting too!.

flashmakeit from usa on November 05, 2012:

Very interesting article on the snapping turtle and you even added a tasty recipe for those snappy monsters. Vote up!

Kirsten on September 25, 2012:

I am really glad I stumbled onto this site. A few months ago I had found some turtle eggs out by my cabin up north and the nest was all torn up. There were only 16 eggs left and I decided to take them home and give them a fighting chance. Every single one of them hatched about two months ago and I was very happy about that. They were snapping turtles (which is a kind of turtle I didn't know much about). I recently let them go by the river I found them by and I am really hoping they make it. I did end up keeping one though. He has a deformity of the tail and I was told he couldn't have survived in the wild. So far he is doing really well, but I like to come online and find any sort of ideas to make him happy and healthy. I can only hope he turns out like Tank from the above video. That was such a beautiful thing. I am definitely going to come back to this site again. It's really awesome!.... Oh, and I officially hate the turtle man.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on September 11, 2012:

It's the first time I've seen those kind of turtles. They look different and really weird compared to other turtles we see everyday, they're like Pokémon characters! Very interesting animal, and your article as well. :)

The Logician (author) from then to now on on August 01, 2012:

Well I was following the Turtleman long before he appeared on TV (shows I have never watched btw). People who do what he does and clear ponds of snapping turtles usually clean cook and eat them...quite tasty they are! So I suppose the tail thing doesn't matter much in the long run if you are going to kill it anyway, but you'd think he'd be a little more humane in handling these "defenseless" (well not totally :-) animals.

snappa-dappa-doo on August 01, 2012:

i am so happy that you posted that video on the son watches this program so i have seen it and the first time i saw him pick up the turtle by the tail i couldn't believe my eyes...i have raised 2 healthy snappers. 1 being 6years old this fall(who was born with red legged frog disease)took a long series of shots to make him healthy. and now i have another baby who will be a year old this fall..they are both born from the same mother,she comes to our land every year to lay her they are bothers 5 years apart....anyways i am a proud snapping turtle mommy and i am glad that someone else besides myself noticed the turtlemans inexperience with snapping turtles

Carlos on June 20, 2012:

Nice info on theses turtles!

reagu from Los Angeles on June 03, 2012:

I love turtles.

bjornborgboxers from The Netherlands on September 18, 2011:

Turtles are just about the coolest creaters on the planet :)

Dr Rockpile from USA on September 16, 2011:

That Cinnamon Snapper is kinda cute. LOL Really nice hub!

fashion on July 31, 2011:

This is very informative hub.You did great work.

denis fany on July 30, 2011:

very good u have a articles...

The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 30, 2011:

Hey Upstate NY! Been there, done that! (20 years in capital district NY) Looking at your hubs I could say the same thing about some of them - "I never knew any of this before" lol but I'm definitely willing to try those blueberries!

And Brantley - they are cool, but dangerous!

vitalesweets from Upstate NY on July 30, 2011:

I never knew any of this before so thank you for all the information. Not sure I could ever prepare one myself but I'd be willing to eat some if someone else did!

BrantleyFoster from Southeastern United States on July 28, 2011:

Great hub. I've always been fond of alligator snappers... they just seemed very cool to me.

The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 28, 2011:

Thank you all for your comments. There is alot people don't know about turtles. My other hub on eastern box turtles has a video of one doing tricks like a dog!

BethanRose from South Wales on July 28, 2011:

Oh my gosh, how interesting! Especially where the turtle grew into the shape of where the plastic got caught around him! Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

Nick82 from Northern Minnesota on July 26, 2011:

I am not a fan of turtle traps the same issues arise to bear hunting. Good hub , please keep moving on you are in the right direction.

Jimmy Evola from Australia on July 26, 2011:

Great Hub. It wasn't something that I knew a lot about but was really well written and informative.

invitationwrite on July 25, 2011: gard, what wrong ??I never see them before!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 25, 2011:

Thank you both for your commemts. May the great Sheltowee be with you all.

AllSuretyBonds on July 25, 2011:

Sad that plastics can hurt so bad.

Camera-Printers on July 25, 2011:

I know nothing about snapping turtles... until now. Thanks for a surprisingly interesting article!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 23, 2011:

Thanks for visiting the hub jennie - yeah I had a big snapper as a pet in my back yard when I was a kid - I used to keep him in a pen sided by my cellar way wall and a 5 foot chain link fence. When we'd play hide and seek I hid in his pen cause my friends knew he was there and they wouldn't go near him. One time I ran into the yard to hide there and found him climbing that fence. I watched as he reached the top, pushed himself on the top pipe and for 10 or 20 seconds he balanced there looking around. Then he stuck his neck out and pushed himself over the edge falling into the yard next door. They know exactly what they are doing!

Venture Boyz from Floating in the clouds on July 23, 2011:

Totally wanted to check in and tell you that the snapping turtle that climbed the fence was awesome. I had no idea that this was possible. Thanks for sharing and watch out for those snapping turtles!

Naomi's Banner from United States on July 22, 2011:

Wow this is a great Hub. I love creatures and these are no exception. Keep up the great writing!

The Logician (author) from then to now on on July 02, 2011:

LOL Yeah - I'll bet if the turtle got a hold of his nose we wouldn't be seeing that on Youtube!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 02, 2011:

To my knowledge, I've never seen a snapping turtle but tend to steer clear of turtles in general, even as a culinary "delicacy". Can't get past the thought that whatever meat is in that soup or stew might be one of the tiny turtles male childhood friends kept as pets in an aquarium all grown up!

As for that reporter, he obviously DIDN'T do any pre-taping research! ;D

moonlake from America on June 17, 2011:

We had a very large snapping turtle end up in our yard. My 12 year old daughter and her 12 yr old friends where thinking because it was a turtle it was slow and safe to stand by. When it jumped at them you never saw 12 year old girls move so fast and come screaming into the house.

That taught them not to tease turtles which I'm sure they were doing. Enjoyed your hub.

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