Affiliation: Predacons
Function: Infiltration
Alternate mode: Snapping turtle (
Chelydridae serpentina)
picture 2

Weapon: Gun
Japanese Beast Wars Name:

First comic appearance: 
Beast Wars: The Gathering #1

First Cartoon appearance: 
none in North America series.

Profile: Snapper is extremely fast. His enemies believe that he is slow and unresponsive, and he plays into their foolish notions by going slow when seen. But Snapper turns on his thrusters and speeds his way through the water. Silent and deadly, Snapper cruises through the water and snaps at his enemies with his powerful jaws. The terrifying sight reminds one of a trash compactor crushing a soda can - except soda cans don't scream for mercy! Snapper lives to hear the cries of his victims, whether they be Maximal or Predacon. Even his fellow Predacons are fearful of going near any water, lest they be the next victim in Snapper's torturous amusement. The rumors of Snapper destroying Predacons for fun is the stuff of legend. And he plays into these rumors by telling the other Predacons that he can't tell the difference between a Maximal or a Predacon from under the water and they better beware near him. Snapper likes the isolation of infiltrating enemy positions, but not as much as the desolation of the water. Snapper has disassociated himself from the Predacons, and enjoys the freedom. He has been known to infiltrate Predacon encampments and take a couple of little snaps on the legs of those in stasis to scare them and further his reputation as a tormentor. Whenever you need a Maximal base infiltrated, Snapper is the one to call for. Just don't get too close.

Abilities: Turbo-driven quad thrusters below his armor-plated shell propel him through the water. Also possesses a hydraulically hinged jaw. His ability to infiltrate enemy locations is as legendary as his twisted mind.

Weaknesses: Snapper is not as effective on land, especially in turtle mode. He also cares little for the Predacon cause.

Strength: 6
Intelligence: 8
Speed: 9
Endurance: 8
Rank: 6
Courage: 7
Firepower: 4
Skill: 5

Bibliography of significant appearances:

*Beast Wars: The Gathering #1: (assumed) Stasis pod on prehistoric Earth awakened and chronal phase realigned by Razorbeast.

Other appearances: There are no other characters with the name Snapper.  In fact, even in the Beast Wars, "The Gathering" series by IDW, Snappers appearances are very limited, in robot mode and not seen at all in beast mode.

more toy pix: 
robot mode 1b
robot mode 1d
beast mode 2b
beast mode 2d

Comic Art by: Don Figueroa, 
IDW Publishing
Character Text: Byrerprime
Photos, page design/layout: Perceptor

Below, see original character description 
text from original packaging:

snapper.jpg (56926 bytes) SNAPPER

A terrorizing turtle with secret speed!   Turbo driven quad thrusters ignite from below his armor plated shell to send him screaming through murky earth swamps like a heat-seeking millile!  When hydraulically hinged jaws snap down on their victims, the terrifying sight reminds one of a trash compactor crushing a soda can -except soda cans don't scream for mercy!

Snapper never did appear in the cartoon series.  Unfortunate, because it really was a great toy.  Thanks to this 3D art taken from a Japanese toy series we can get a glimpse of what might have been!

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