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A moderately sized turtle, the Snapping Turtle generally averages between 7 and 9 inches in length. Their oval carapace has a serrated rear edge and ranges between shades of tan or brown to very dark brown, close to black. They often have thin caramel-colored markings on the carapace, and usually have three raised ridges (keels) that run from the neck to tail. These keels are topped by knobby protrusions, which wear down as the turtle ages. The skin of their neck, legs, and tail are varying shades of brown. The plastron, or under shell, is usually a yellowish brown color, as is the skin on the underside of the turtle. The Snapping Turtle's head is very large, and their tails are usually quite long.

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