__"As I walked over, I saw all these people standing around this snapping turtle not knowing what to do," Aromando said. "I had never seen a snapping turtle before in my life." Snapping turtles prefer calm, muddy water and swamps, according to an article on snapping turtles by the Tortoise Trust organization. They have long necks and powerful jaws. They can attack if they feel threatened. An adult is often more than 18 inches long and weighs more than 30 pounds.