Definition of snapping turtle in English:

snapping turtle

Pronunciation /snapiNG ˈtərdl/ /snæpɪŋ ˈtərdl/


  • 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)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We live on a pond, and every spring, big snapping turtles make their way a surprising distance from the pond to lay their eggs, and then return.’
    • ‘Fledglings frequently ride atop their parents to avoid the jaws of snapping turtles and carnivorous fish.’


snapping turtle

/snapiNG ˈtərdl/ /snæpɪŋ ˈtərdl/