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Chelydra serpentina osceola

Florida Snapping Turtle

Florida distribution: entire state. In the northeastern corner and panhandle it intergrades with the Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra s. serpentina

Identification: up to 47 cm. Long pointed tubercles on upper portion of neck. Bony knobs on tail which help to differentiate it from the Alligator Snapping Turtle.


A juvenile Snapping Turtle explaining why you want to handle with care.

Side view of a young Snapper.

Close up of young Snapper head.

"Business" end of an adult Snapper.

Side view of same Snapper. Notice the bony knobs on tail.

The cruciform plastron.