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.