Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
3610, South Africa
Posted Oct 30, 2015
The Common Snapping Turtle is a parculiar and interesting animal. They are well adapted to their enviroment. Built like a millitary tank they have a jadded shell to protect them, a lightning fast stike, a set of jaws like the jaws of life and a tail like an alligator. This is an amazing animal to say the least and I have to admit this is one of the most incredible animals i have ever kept and worked with but because of their large size as adults you will need some space to be able to keep these outside. They will need a large pond, with a UV Sterilizer and a powerful canister filter. They need to be feed on dead whole animals such as fish, rats, mice, and day old chicks. I am inclined to say these are too big to make good pets and are known for being very bitey, but as long as you provide them with enough space they should do just fine and stay away from the sharp end. I have kept these and I did receive a litter of eggs from one of the females but none hatched. It could have been because of the way I was incubating them, the low levels of humidity in the area I was keeping them, lack of good nutrition as the owner of the zoo didn't take good care of is animals, or they were infertile eggs from the start. They are actually very easy to breed. this species needs a multivitamin supplement and calcium + vitamin D3 daily will all their veggies and or meat. This is an omnivorous species.