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Turtle, Snapping

Snapping Turtle Creature-1

N Tiny Animal

Senses Perception +3, low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet

Skills Athletics +5, Stealth +3 (+5 in water)

Str +1, Dex -1, Con +4, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -2

Deep Breath The snapping turtle can hold its breath for 30 minutes.

AC 16; Fort +8, Ref +1, Will +3

HP 9

Speed 10 feet, swim 20 feet

Melee jaws +6, Damage 1d4+2 piercing

Clench Jaws [one-action] Requirements The snapping turtle damaged a creature with a jaws Strike in its previous action; Effect The snapping turtle clenches its jaws down and automatically deals an additional 1d4 bludgeoning damage to the creature it just bit.

Shell Defense [one-action] The snapping turtle retracts its limbs and head into its shell and ends its turn. This increases its AC to 18, but it can’t act except to reemerge, which it can do as a single action.


Snapping turtles are freshwater reptiles with a long flexible neck, a sharp piercing beak, and a confrontational temperament that doesn’t prevent some spellcasters from choosing these creatures as familiars. They weigh about 20 pounds and have shells around 18 inches in length.

The shell of a giant snapping turtle is over 20 feet long and is sturdy, naturally curved, and waterproof, making it a useful building material. While boggards seldom have advanced construction techniques, they use giant snapping turtle shells as roofs and rafts when available.

Boggards also incorporate smaller turtle shells into their armor.

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