From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Snapping turtle 2 md.jpg
Chelydra serpentina
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Chelydra
Schweigger, 1812[1]
Type species
Chelydra serpentina

Chelydra is one of the two extant genera of the snapping turtle family, Chelydridae, the other being Macrochelys, the much larger alligator snapping turtle.[1] The snapping turtles are native to the Americas, with Chelydra having three species, one each in North America, Central America, and South America.


The genus Chelydra has three species:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.91-92