|Scientific Name||Macrochelys temminckii|
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
- LENGTH: 80 cm
- WEIGHT: 05 kg (46.4 lb)
- LENGTH: 35 to 80.8 cm (13.8 to 31.8 in)
- WEIGHT: 8.4 to 80 kg (19 to 176 lb)
Large rivers, swamps, lakes, canals
Florida Panhandle, southeastern Kansas, western Illinois, western Tennessee, Missouri River, western Kentucky, southern Wisconsin, southern Indiana, South Dakota
Molluscs, amphibians, snakes, carrion, water birds, aquatic plants, worms, turtles, squirrels, armadillos, raccoons, opossums, muskrats, crayfish
10 – 50 eggs
100 – 140 days
11 – 13 years
80 – 120 years