Alligator Snapping Turtle Macrochelys temminckii

Humans aren’t the only species that uses a fishing lure! This turtle’s tongue resembles a long, pink worm; as a hungry fish draws closer… SNAP!

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ORIGIN:
Central and southern United States

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HABITAT:
Rivers, lakes and ponds

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
150-175 lbs
Length: 3 ft

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DIET:
Rodents, frogs, fish and worms

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PREDATORS:
Raccoons, birds and large fish

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Powerful bite

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REPRODUCTION:
Sexually mature at 11-13 yrs

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THREATS:
Habitat loss, human hunting and pollution

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 70 yrs in human care

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8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

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