Turtle, Giant Snapping (3pp)

This is a turtle of massive proportions, its shell an impenetrable coat of armor, and its snapping jaws capable of dismembering its prey.

Giant Snapping Turtle CR 10

XP 9,600
N Gargantuan animal (aquatic)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +20


AC 20, touch 4, flat-footed 20 (–2 Dex, +16 natural, –4 size)
hp 150 (12d8+84 plus 12)
Fort +15, Ref +6, Will +7


Speed 10 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee bite +16 (2d10+16/19–20 plus grab)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks swallow whole (2d8+11 acid damage, AC 18, 15 hp)


A giant snapping turtle lurks near the shore or on the bottom of a body of water, where it remains motionless and hidden in its shell. When prey passes near, it shoots its neck out and bites.


Str 33, Dex 6, Con 25, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 6
Base Atk +9; CMB +24 (+28 grapple); CMD 32 (36 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness
Skills Perception +20, Swim +24
SQ amphibious


Environment any aquatic
Organization solitary or band (2–4)
Treasure none

Giant snapping turtles are very large and very aggressive versions of their smaller cousins. They are found in large lakes, rivers, and inland seas. The average giant snapping turtle is 40 feet in diameter, but they can grow to a diameter of 75 feet.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Giant Snapping Turtle from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax .

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