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The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. It is a larger and slightly less aggressive relative of the Common Snapping Turtle.



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Alligator snapping turtles are found predominantly in the watershed of the Mississippi River in the United States, ranging through the states of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and in southeastern Iowa, western Tennessee, western Kentucky, eastern Texas, northwestern and southwestern Georgia, and northern Florida. They are also found in the Missouri River at least as far north as the Gavins Point Dam at Yankton, South Dakota.
Although rare further north, the alligator snapping turtle has been found as far north as the southern tip of
Ontario in Canada. There is a population of them within a swamp near Glencoe, Ontario. It was confirmed by researchers from the University of Western Ontario who investigated claims of a dead 48 inch/125 cm (nose to tail) turtle that was hit during the evening on a highway near the swamp. They were confirmed to be alligator snapping turtles, with at least eight that are fully mature in the relatively small swamp and creek.

Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator snapping turtle lives in a primarily aquatic environment, such as slow-moving streams, lakes, or swamps. Typically only nesting females will venture onto land. Alligator snappers are capable of staying submerged for as long as 50 minutes at a time.

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The Alligator Snapping Turtle
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A living dinosaur

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Alligator Snappers in Texas                                                                                                                   



Recently on a fishing trip to Lake O the Pines in east Texas,  Shirley Adams and her husband Ricky, a avid  outdoorsman were checking ther trot lines and spotted something huge on it! They made there way to it and Shirley took these amazing photos of a alligator snapping turtle trapped on thier line.
They estimated the turtle to be about 100 lbs. Shirley got te pictures and Rickey
released the  reptile back to its home in Texas. Great job guys!

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