Snipes prefer relatively open wetlands with low vegetation and sparse shrubs; territories range in size from 20-50 acres per pair. Typical habitats include grass or sedge fens, leatherleaf bogs featuring some open water or mudflats, and marshy areas of ponds or along streams. The birds tend to avoid tall, dense stands of vegetation like cattails and reeds. The snipe’s diet is primarily insect larvae, crickets, caterpillars, small crustaceans, snails, earthworms, leeches, spiders and frogs. Sometimes feeding snipes stamp their feet, possibly to activate prey. The birds also may consume small amounts of grass, sedge and seeds.