Newly hatched snapping turtles are about the size of a quarter. This leaves them as an easy meal for predators. Adult snappers are quite a bit larger — they can weigh up to 40 pounds, with a shell of eight to 15 inches long.
Snapping turtles are Iowa’s largest turtle species, but they’re so much more than their tough demeanor.
Mill Creek Park-Snapping Turtle; taken by: Sarah Fiddelke
Photo: Iowa Sportsmen