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Alligator Snapping Turtle
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Physical description
Binomial nameMacrochelys temminckii
HabitatFreshwater
LifespanUnknown
Average Size26 in
Average weight175.0 lbs
DietCarnivore
Conservational Status
StatusVU
IUCN statusIUCN 3.1
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderTestudines
SuborderCryptodira
FamilyChelydridae
GenusMacrochelys
SpeciesM. temminckii
Distribution
Distribution of speciesMississippi Region, USA

The Alligator Snapping Turtle is a large chelonian native to the wetlands of the southern United States.

DescriptionEdit

These turtles are very large. Average specimens can grow to 26 inches (shell length) and between 155 and 175 pounds. They have a spiked shell and a big head.

DietEdit

Alligator Snapping Turtles are carnivorous, feeding on almost anything they can get their mouth around. Their natural diet consists of fish, underwater invertebrates, and amphibians, although adults have been known to eat snakes, other turtles, and even small alligators. They catch this prey by wiggling its worm-shaped tongue around, which fools animals into thinking that it really is a tasty worm. When they get close enough, the turtle grabs its prey with amazing force and speed. This same force and speed means that the snapping turtle can easily snap off human fingers, giving it an infamous reputation in the South.


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