|The snapping turtle is largely carnivorous, taking fish (such as carp and catfish), insects, crustaceans and other small animals that it can catch. Aquatic vegetation also forms a portion of their diet. The snapper is found in large bodies of water, both lakes and rivers, but may also be found in marshes and ponds.
||The snapper lays its eggs in the summer in soft earth or in sand on sandy beaches, railroads and road beds. There are usually from 20 to 30 eggs in a clutch, although as many as 80 have been recorded. Hatching usually occurs in late August or September.
Many adult female snapping turtles are killed every year, during the egg laying season, on our roads and highways.
Also, the feeding habits of snappers are often the cause of death, they are killed by humans because they consume young game fish and waterfowl.