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snapping turtle

either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, especially the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
Origin of snapping turtle
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
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  • Never mind the occasional snapping turtle or snake that gets in the way.
  • Information on the appearance, habits and habitat preferences of the snapping turtle.
  • The only turtle species for which there is an open hunting season are the snapping turtle and the diamondback terrapin.
  • The aquarium is also proud to house a rare albino snapping turtle found in a local pond.
British Dictionary definitions for snapping turtle

snapping turtle

any large aggressive North American river turtle of the family Chelydridae, esp Chelydra serpentina (common snapping turtle), having powerful hooked jaws and a rough shell Also called snapper
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