Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Genus Macrochelys
Family Chelydridae
Scientific Name Macrochelys temminckii
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle Description

  • The alligator snapping turtle is similar in appearance to the common snapping turtle.
  • Snapping turtles are recognized by their dorsal ridges of large scales.
  • Females are smaller than the males.
  • It is also called ‘dinosaur of the turtle world’.
  • The turtle is likely to forage at night.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • LENGTH: 80 cm
  • WEIGHT: 05 kg (46.4 lb)

Carapace

  • LENGTH: 35 to 80.8 cm (13.8 to 31.8 in)
  • WEIGHT: 8.4 to 80 kg (19 to 176 lb)

Habitat

Large rivers, swamps, lakes, canals

Range

Florida Panhandle, southeastern Kansas, western Illinois, western Tennessee, Missouri River, western Kentucky, southern Wisconsin, southern Indiana, South Dakota

Diet

Molluscs, amphibians, snakes, carrion, water birds, aquatic plants, worms, turtles, squirrels, armadillos, raccoons, opossums, muskrats, crayfish

Reproduction

10 – 50 eggs

Incubation Period

100 – 140 days

Sexual Maturity

11 – 13 years

Lifespan

80 – 120 years

Behavior

Solitary

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

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