Reptiliana: Ultimate Reptile Resource

Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)
February 17, 2008, 9:25 am
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The Alligator Snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in north america. It’s larger and less aggressive than the regular snapping turtle.







Chelydridae, or the Snapping Turtle
February 17, 2008, 9:03 am
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There are two species here: the COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE and the ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE.


The Common Snapping Turtle stats:

  • ROAMS THESE PARTS: SE Canada, W Rocky Mountains, throughout Mexico and as far as Equador.
  • KNOWN FOR: Very mobile head and snapping beak like mouth.
  • HUMAN INTERACTION AND PURPOSE: Sometimes hunted for their meat,
  • LIFESPAN:  30 ish years.
  • THE EXTERIOR: They have rugged muscular builds, and come up to 20 inches in length and may weigh up to 70 lbs.
  • HABITAT: shallow ponds, lakes, or streams.
  • DIET: Omnivores: eating plants and animals. they prey on anything they can swallow, including fish, invertebrates, frogs and other reptiles, sometimes even small birds and mammals.
  • DISTANCE: Will Travel far for new habitat or laying of eggs.
  • MATING: From April to November, peak in June/July. Females look for sandy soil to lay eggs. She digs a hole and lays from 30 to 80 eggs each year.  They hatch within 18 weeks.


Testudines (Order) – Turtles!
February 17, 2008, 8:53 am
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There are two Sub-orders under testudines:


  • Family Chelydridae – Snapping Turtles
  • Family Emydidae – Pond/ Box Turtles
  • Family Testudinidae – Tortoises
  • Family Geoemydidae – Asian River Turtles and Allies
  • Family Carettochelyidae – Pignose Turtles
  • Family Trionychidae – Softshell Turtles
  • Family Dermatemydae – River Turtles
  • Family Kinosternidae – Mud Turtles
  • Family Cheloniidae – Sea Turtles
  • Family Dermochelyidae – Leatherback Turtles

Sub Order Pleurodira:

  • Family Chelidae – Austro American Sideneck Turtles
  • Family Pelomedusidae Afro American Sideneck Turtles
  • Family Podocnemididae – Madagascan Big Head Turtles

Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins are reptiles in the order Testudines, whose bodies are shielded by a special bony or cartilagenous shell developed from their ribs.

About 300 Species of this Order are alive today.