Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina

Family Chelydridae

Up to 18" carapace length. Color dull brown to black. Rear of carapace saw-toothed. Head large, with hooked jaw.
Elevation Range:
Below 5500' in eastern Colorado.
Subspecies in Colorado:
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
  Snapping Turtle
Photo from Hammerson, 1986.
Used with permission.
CountyRef. CountyRef. CountyRef. CountyRef.
AdamsRH1 Dolores  La Plata  Pitkin 
Alamosa  DouglasH Lake  ProwersBDW1
ArapahoeRHS1 Eagle  LarimerH PuebloH
Archuleta  El PasoH Las AnimasH Rio Blanco 
BacaH Elbert *  LincolnBDeS1 Rio Grande 
BentH FremontH LoganH Routt 
BoulderH Garfield  Mesa  Saguache 
Chaffee  Gilpin  Mineral  San Juan 
CheyenneH Grand  Moffat  San Miguel 
Clear Creek  Gunnison  Montezuma  Sedgwick * 
Conejos  Hinsdale  Montrose  Summit 
Costilla  Huerfano *  MorganH Teller * 
CrowleyDC10 Jackson  OteroH Washington * 
Custer *  JeffersonAn1 Ouray  WeldH
Delta  KiowaJh5 Park  YumaH
DenverH Kit CarsonH Phillips * 
Map of Colorado
Color Key
Adams Alamosa Arahapoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgewick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma