The Alligator Snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in north america. It’s larger and less aggressive than the regular snapping turtle.
REPRODUCTION & LIFESPAN:
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.
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.