A thick shell encases this reptile’s body, from which only its tail, its feet, and a head fitted with powerful jaws emerge.
Speed 10 ft., swim 20 ft.
As a move action, a snapping turtle can pull its extremities and head into its shell. It cannot move or attack as long as it remains in this state, but its armor bonus from natural armor increases by +4 as long as it does.
Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 20 ft., swim 20 ft.; AC +10 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6); Ability Scores Str 8, Dex 10, Con 9, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 6; Special Qualities low-light vision, hold breath, scent.
Environment temperate or warm water or shore
Organization solitary or band (2–5)
Snapping turtles are water-dwelling reptiles known for their propensity to bite anyone they deem threatening. Adult snapping turtles are usually about 1-1/2 feet in diameter.
A spellcaster who can acquire a familiar can choose a snapping turtle as a familiar. A snapping turtle familiar grants its master a +2 bonus on all Fortitude saves.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.