Reptiles and Amphibians!

Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)

  • Found almost exclusively in the rivers, canals, and lakes of the southeastern United States
  • The prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and among the largest in the world
  • alligator snappers can live to be 50 to 100 years old. Males average 26 inches in shell length and weigh about 175 pounds, although they have been known to exceed 220 pounds. The much smaller females top out at around 50 pounds
  • They can stay submerged for 40 to 50 minutes before surfacing for air
  • The alligator snapper employs a unique natural lure in its hunting technique. Its tongue sports a bright-red, worm-shaped piece of flesh that, when displayed by a motionless turtle on a river bottom, draws curious fish or frogs close enough to be snatched
  • The alligator snapper employs a unique natural lure in its hunting technique. Its tongue sports a bright-red, worm-shaped piece of flesh that, when displayed by a motionless turtle on a river bottom, draws curious fish or frogs close enough to be snatched

I do not own these pictures or this information

  1. snowtiefling reblogged this from fortheloveofherpetology and added:
    favorite turtle is favorite.
  2. kitty-cat-83 reblogged this from fortheloveofherpetology
  3. d4amnfer reblogged this from paulyv
  4. paulyv reblogged this from fortheloveofherpetology
  5. nostalgicpatter reblogged this from herplove
  6. unendingreblogging reblogged this from polnareffe
  7. reptophile11 reblogged this from reptiglo
  8. fishfacedterror reblogged this from herplove
  9. petrachor reblogged this from reptiglo
  10. ganond reblogged this from reptiglo
  11. wheeljackofficial reblogged this from herplove
  12. urddas-dros-balchder reblogged this from reptiglo
  13. laticauda-colubrina reblogged this from reptiglo
  14. polnareffe reblogged this from herplove
  15. tzimiscelady reblogged this from reptiglo
  16. reptilesriot reblogged this from reptiglo
  17. eyeballmonster reblogged this from reptiglo
  18. reptiglo reblogged this from herplove
  19. superpredatorsexoticreptiles reblogged this from herplove
  20. dragonsflyinspace reblogged this from herplove
  21. herplove reblogged this from reptilefacts
  22. alicetehyay reblogged this from wigmund
  23. doodlewe reblogged this from wigmund
  24. wigmund reblogged this from reptilefacts
  25. zspan reblogged this from frauluther
  26. frauluther reblogged this from fortheloveofherpetology
  27. seeyouspacecowb0y reblogged this from thevladman
  28. thevladman reblogged this from samstutch