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Updating and snapping of trees

A single clutch usually consists of between 40 and 50 eggs, which hatch in the fall. The incubation temperature of the eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings.Snapping turtles only occasionally emerge from the water to bask.

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To view an interactive map of the known ranges of snapping turtles in Ontario, click here.Therefore, on land this turtle’s only defence from predators is to snap repeatedly and scare them away.In water the snapping turtle rarely snaps at people or other potential threats and will simply swim away if threatened.They dig a nest in late May or June in an open area, usually one with loose, sandy soil.The nest site is often the side of a road, an embankment or a shoreline, but the females will use almost any area they can excavate.Despite their highly aquatic nature, they do not swim particularly well and are often observed simply walking on the bottom.

They are omnivorous and feed on various aquatic plants and invertebrates, as well as fish, frogs, snakes, small turtles, aquatic birds and relatively fresh carrion.

The snapping turtle is currently listed as Special Concern under the Ontario Endangered Species Act, 2007 and Special Concern under the federal Species at Risk Act.

The species has also been designated as a Specially Protected Reptile under the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Their range extends throughout the eastern and central United States.

For some, an unwanted reminder of Hurricane Sandy that crashed into the East Coast as megastorm of the century is a big tree uprooted, lying across the yard -- If lucky, missing the house.

Approximately 90 percent of their diet consists of dead animal and plant matter, and this species plays an important role in keeping lakes and wetlands clean.