About this Species 

< Back
Name:Alligator Snapping Turtle
Scientific Name: Macrochelys temminckii
Description:Alligator snappers are the largest North American freshwater turtle, and can weigh more than 100 pounds. The top shell, sometimes more than 2 feet long, is dark brown with three parallel ridges on top and jagged edges at the base. The tail is long and the head is big with a snout ending in a hooked beak.
Habit:Alligator snapping turtles live underwater, leaving only to nest or change locations. They have an unusual pink, wormlike structure on their tongue that they wiggle to lure fish. They eat almost anything: live or dead animals, plants and other turtles. They can live longer than 70 years.
State Occurrence: Statewide. Protected; collecting or keeping any part of these turtles is illegal.
Click Photo to Enlarge
Eric Maynard