Common Snapping Turtle Close Up
Common Snapping Turtle
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Family Chelydridae
Genus Chelydra

Chelydra is one of the two extant genera of the Chelydridae family of snapping turtles, the other being Macrochelys, the much larger alligator snapping turtle. The snapping turtles are native to the Americas, with Chelydra having three species, one each in North America, Central America, and South America.


The genus Chelydra has three species.

South American Snapping Turtle (W. Peters, 1862) (Chelydra acutirostris)
Central American Snapping Turtle (Bocourt, 1868) (Chelydra rossignonii)
Common Snapping Turtle (Linnaeus, 1758) (Chelydra serpentina)
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