EMYSystem Species Page: Chelydra serpentina
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Chelydra (Common Snapping Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)
range of species Chelydra serpentina
approximate range
Original Description Linnaeus 1758 : 199
Type Locality "Calidis regionibus;" restricted by Smith and Taylor (1950b:21; see also 1950a:358) to "New Orleans, La." [Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA]; restricted by Schmidt (1953:86) to "vicinity of New York City" [New York, USA]
Holotype Originally in NRM; lost according to Andersson 1900:4, 23; however, NRM GA 49 is apparently the holotype according to Wallin pers. comm.
Original name Testudo serpentina
Common name Common Snapping Turtle
Distribution (Three maps) From southern Canada across the eastern USA, and southeastern Mexico to Colombia and Ecuador; introduced in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California, USA (Stebbins, 1985); only representative records are plotted for the southeastern, continuous portion of the range in the USA
Comments The subspecies are accorded species status by some; however, Feuer (1971) demonstrated intergradation between Chelydra serpentina serpentina and Chelydra serpentina osceola. Reviewed by Medem (1977), Smith and Smith (1979), and Gibbons et al. (1988).
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