Alligator Snapping Turtle Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator snapping turtles are some of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world and the largest freshwater turtle in North America. This species gets its name from powerful jaws and the distinct ridges on its shell that can resemble the rough, ridged skin of an alligator.


FAST FACTS
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Macrochelys temminckii
WHERE IN THE WILD?
United States, Florida panhandle to East Texas
WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
Fish, molluscs, carrion and amphibians
LIFE SPAN 80-120 years
Things to Know
Location
Wild Adventures