; 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.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.