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There are only three species of snapping turtles , two in the Americas, and one in Asia. All of these freshwater turtles have large heads and legs they cannot hide in their shells. You would be wise to keep away from their strong, hooked jaws! The common snapping turtle lives throughout North America. It is an omnivore; the other two species are carnivorous.

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