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Snapping Turtle Health Information

Ideally, Snapping Turtles should be housed outdoors when weather permits. They should have both a land and large pool area. Even though they can survive in quite cold temperatures, your turtles will be most active in water over 16 degrees Celsius. These turtles are very aggressive and have very strong jaws that could cause serious injury, so they are only recommended for experienced hobbyists and should not be handled by children.

Snapping Turtles are usually sexually mature when their carapace is about eight inches long. They usually hibernate between November and March, depending on the weather in their region, and mate after hibernation in May. They generally breed between May and June, and females may be capable of storing fertile sperm over the winter without fertilization. After mating, the female Snapping Turtle lays a clutch of between 20 and 40 eggs, usually very close to the water. The eggs hatch after between 55 and 125 days, depending on the temperature and region. The sex of the hatchling turtles depends on the temperature of incubation: Temperatures above 29 degrees or below 20 degrees Celsius produce female turtles, temperatures between 23 and 24 degrees produce males, and any intermediate temperature produces hatchlings of both sexes.

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