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; order Chelonia, suborder Cryptodira)

A family of freshwater turtles in which the head is large, with knobs of skin around the face. The carapace is incompletely ossified, and the plastron is reduced to a cross-strut. The tail is long, with lateral spines. Snapping turtles are carnivorous and obtain food on the bottom of ponds and rivers. There are two species, found in the USA.

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