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Pennsylvania Snapping Turtle Information

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    • The snapping turtle "snaps" its prey out of the water with its long, sharp jaws.turtle image by cherie from Fotolia.com

      The common snapping turtle kills its prey by using its long, pointed jaw to "snap" its prey in its mouth. The snapping turtle kills fish, frogs and birds such as ducks and geese. The common snapping turtle has a wide throat which allows it to swallow large pieces of food in one gulp such as whole fish and baby ducks and geese. The common snapping turtle also eats plants, including underwater plants in lakes and rivers. It has also been known to eat worms, water snakes and leeches. The common snapping turtle has a slender, wormlike attachment on the tip of its tongue, which it uses to catch fish by luring them with it.

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