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snapping turtle Syllabification: snap·ping tur·tle
Pronunciation: /snapiNG ˈtərdl/

Definition of snapping turtle in English:


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A large American freshwater turtle with a long neck and strong hooked jaws.
  • Family Chelydridae: two North American species, the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) and the larger alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii)
Example sentences
  • The marsh supports American toads, midland painted turtles, Blanding's turtles, snapping turtles, and Lake Erie water snakes.
  • In their native habitat, predators such as large water snakes, alligators, and snapping turtles keep adult bullfrogs in check, while fish slurp tadpoles.
  • Spanish moss trails from the branches of unfamiliar trees and the blunt noses of alligators appear through a duckweed-covered swamp that contains snapping turtles, blue gill perch and catfish.
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