A person found to have one without a permit may be charged with a misdemeanor.
The charges, filed Friday, allege one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
One calling for him to be fired and asking "Do we really want teachers killing living animals in front of impressionable junior high students?" has attracted almost 190,000 signatures.
Right...but what about the safety of the sick puppy?
If Crosland is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Robert Crosland of Preston Junior High School was charged on Friday, after an investigation by the Idaho attorney general's office.
"Unfortunately, on March 7, he chose to feed one of those creatures - a snapping turtle to be exact - a puppy".
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"Since then more details have emerged".
"Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal - that is violence".
The petition reads: "This is an extreme example of extremely poor judgment".
A mother of two boys at the school told the Preston Citizen the puppy was terminally ill and was given to Crosland by its grief-stricken owner; she said Crosland fed the dying puppy to the turtle in a graphic demonstration of the circle of life for his students.
"[The students] saw the physical state of the very young puppy", local parent Farahlyn Hansen wrote in a Facebook post supporting Crosland, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Snapping turtles eat both plants and animals in the wild, and have razor sharp beak-like mouths.
Idaho State Department of Agriculture retrieved the snapping turtle and humanely euthanised it as it is viewed as an invasive species by state authorities, a report by RT.com revealed. They are often known to drag their prey - like insects, fish, frogs, snakes, birds, small mammals and even other turtles - beneath the water to drown it, or even to just bite the creature's head off.