What is the predator of the snapping turtle?


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I found this:  "The eggs and hatchlings of snapping turtles may be eaten by other large turtles, great blue herons, crows, raccoons, skunks, foxes, bullfrogs, water snakes, and large predatory fish, such as largemouth bass. However, once snapping turtles become larger, there are few animals that prey on them."

However, humans will eat turtles, including snapping turtles.

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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

From Wiki:

Common snapping turtles have few predators when older, but eggs are subject to predation by crows, mink, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. As hatchlings and juveniles, most of the same predators will attack them as well asherons (mostly great blue herons), bitterns, hawks, owls, fishers, bullfrogs, large fish, and snakes.

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Tom Jackson answered

As the other answers indicate, snapping turtle eggs and hatchlings have various predators.

I happened to see a show on discovery channel this week that mentioned that alligators jaws could easily handle a turtle shell, so I assume gators eat adult size turtles.

I found these comments on the internet:

In the northern sector of their range, many snapping turtles hibernate. Their habit of piling on top of each another to hibernate places the topmost turtles at risk of predation by otters.

Once they have reached a shell size of approximately 3 inches, snapping turtles have few natural predators other than humans.

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