Alligator Snapping Turtle…What Is That?

There was this young man who left his home in Texas at an early age, finally purchased his own ranch in Oklahoma. He invited his father out for a visit, and took him on a tour of the property.

Driving along in the son’s pickup truck, a jack rabbit hopped onto the road in front of them. The son stopped the truck to let the rabbit pass, and the father queried, “What in tarnation is that!?”

The son incredulously replied, “That’s a jackrabbit, Dad, what did you think it was?” The father shrugged and said, “We grow ’em a lot bigger’n back home in Texas.”

So they went on and a little farther on they came to a few buffalo roaming the range. The son stopped the truck and the father again said in a puzzled tone “What are those?”

The son hesitantly said, “Those are buffalo, Dad. You gotta be kiddin me. You really don’t recognize them?” The father replied, “Well, I guess they’re kinda familiar – it’s just that we grow ’em so much bigger back in Texas.”

The son, a bit disgruntled, drove on in silence. At length they approached a low part in the road with marshy wetlands on either side. A large snapping turtle lumbered onto the road. The father peered intently at the creature and said “Now what on earth is that thing!?”

Without missing a beat, the son replied, “wood tick“…





Alligator Snapping Turtle Facts

The Alligator Snapping Turtle is one is the largest freshwater turtle in the world. It is larger and less aggressive relative of the common snapping turtle. They generally do not grow quite large. average adult size is around 26inches shell length with a weight of 175lb. Males are typically larger than females. Alligator Snapping Turtles can also range in length from 16 to 32inches(40.4cm to 80.8cm).

Made up with one or more cells-They are made up with skin cells,eye cells and more and more…
Grow and develop-The young are about 4.4cm at birth. If, they are full grown they will be 40.4 to 80.8.
Reproduce-The female turtle lay eggs in the hole to keep them safe and when they come out they have to care them selves
Respond-If the fish come nearly to there mouth, they will shut the mouth quickly so they can’t escape.
Alligator snapping turtles are the world’s largest freshwater turtle species. Shells can exceed 30 inches in length, and males can weigh up to 200 pounds.

Southeastern U.S., extending along the Mississippi River
Lakes, swamps, streams and slow-moving muddy bottom rivers

Alligator snapping turtles are “sit-and-wait” predators, lurking at the water’s bottom and waiting for unsuspecting prey, fish and other smaller creatures approaching closely enough to investigate the “worm” in the snapping turtle’s mouth are immediately crushed by the powerful jaws and swallowed.

Alligator snapping turtles feed on aquatic animals, including fish, mussels and smaller reptiles.
Life Cycle
Females typically lay around 10 to 45 eggs once a year in spring. Cooler temperatures produce males; higher temperatures, females. Hatchlings dig out of the nest after about 90 days. Alligator snapping turtles provide no parental protection or care for their nests or their offspring.

Population Status & Threats
Alligator snapping turtle eggs and hatchlings risk predation by raccoons and birds. Adults have no natural enemies besides human.


Alligator Snapping Turtle vs Common Snapping Turtle

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