Common Snapping Turtle

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  • Class: Reptilia

  • Order: Testudines

  • Family: Chelydridae

  • Genus: Chelydra

  • Species: C. serpentina

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) was completed in February 2016. This illustration is based upon a photograph I took at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in northwest Ohio in summer 2015.

INFORMATION ABOUT COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE

The Common Snapping Turtle is a large turtle found throughout the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. Their most common habitats are pond and freshwater streams, within which they are generally at the top of the food chain. While docile toward humans within the water, they are known for being fiercely aggressive when encountered on land. Their powerful bite can easily amputate human fingers. They are long-lived reptiles with a maximum age based on mark-recapture data of over 100 years.

ORIGINAL IMAGE SIZE

6 inches X 8 inches

MATERIALS

  • Pen and ink on paper (Staedtler pigment liner on Strathmore medium drawing paper)

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