The Dinosaur of The Turtle World is The Alligator Snapping Turtle

Yana Bostongirl

Snapping turtles are large freshwater turtles that are unable to withdraw their head and legs fully into their shells, and so have extremely powerful jaws that they use to defend themselves by snapping. Snapping turtles can either be the common snapping kind or alligator snapping turtle.

They are known to have a lifespan of over a hundred years and can be found in freshwater ponds, streams, and rivers.

The appearance of the alligator snapping turtle or Macrochelys temminckii has resulted in it being dubbed the "dinosaur of the world." A fascinating fact about the alligator snapping turtle is that it possesses a bright red worm-shaped piece of flesh on its tongue that it employs as a hunting lure to attract its prey which consists of fish and frogs.

According to this excerpt, the largest snapping turtle ever recorded in the US was weighed at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago: "The largest snapping turtle ever officially recorded was a 16-year-old alligator snapping turtle that weighed in at a massive 249 pounds.  This massive turtle was weighed at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago in 1999 prior to being sent to Tennessee Aquarium on breeding loan."

Per reports, a massive hundred-pound snapping turtle which belongs to a new species known as Macrochelys suwanniensis was caught from the Suwanee River in Florida. This catch which occurred in 2020 is further explained in the following excerpt: "The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) said researchers were checking traps in the New River when they found the ginormous 100-pound male Suwannee alligator snapping turtle along with a 64-pound male and a 46-pound female turtles."

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