Turtle, Snapping

A thick shell encases this reptile’s body, from which only its tail, its feet, and a head fitted with powerful jaws emerge.

Snapping Turtle CR 1/3

XP 135
N Tiny animal
Init –1; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +5


AC 12, touch 11, flat-footed 12 (–1 Dex, +1 natural, +2 size)
hp 5 (1d8+1)
Fort +3, Ref +1, Will +1


Speed 10 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee bite +1 (1d3–3)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.


Str 4, Dex 8, Con 13, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 6
Base Atk +0; CMB –3; CMD 4 (8 vs. trip)
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Perception +5, Swim +5
SQ hold breath, shell



The master of a snapping turtle familiar gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shell (Ex)

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.

Snapping Turtle Companions

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.

7th-Level Advancement: Size Large; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (1d8 plus grab), Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4


Environment temperate or warm water or shore
Organization solitary or band (2–5)
Treasure none

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.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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.

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