- 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
Example Sentences Including 'snapping turtle'
Another species facing a ban is the snapping turtle , a North American reptile that is known for its vicious bite.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He clamped his mouth shut like a snapping turtle and stared up at the ceiling.
Here you'll find a few assorted trees, a possum, a raccoon, a snapping turtle and a (fictional) visiting naturalist, Dianne.
New Scientist (1998)
The Great Water Turtles The great Water Turtle of New England, I take to be our great Mud Turtle [ snapping turtle.
A BOOK OF LANDS AND PEOPLES (2003)
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