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« on: June 20, 2007, 09:04:10 PM »



This is a description of the Alligator Snapping Turtle. Smiley







The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. It is a larger and slightly less aggressive relative of the Common Snapping Turtle.

 Distribution & Habitat

Alligator snapping turtles are found predominantly in the watershed of the Mississippi River in the United States, ranging through the states of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and in southeastern Iowa, western Tennessee, western Kentucky, eastern Texas, northwestern and southwestern Georgia, and northern Florida. They are also found in the Missouri River at least as far north as the Gavins Point Dam at Yankton, South Dakota.

Although rare further north, the alligator snapping turtle has been found as far north as the southern tip of Ontario in Canada. There is a population of them within a swamp near Glencoe, Ontario. It was confirmed by researchers from the University of Western Ontario who investigated claims of a dead 48 inch/125 cm (nose to tail) turtle that was hit during the evening on a highway near the swamp. They were confirmed to be alligator snapping turtles, with at least eight that are fully mature in the relatively small swamp and creek.

Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator snapping turtle lives in a primarily aquatic environment, such as slow-moving streams, lakes, or swamps. Typically only nesting females will venture onto land. Alligator snappers are capable of staying submerged for as long as 50 minutes at a time.

 Description

The alligator snapping turtle is characterized by a large, heavy head and a thick tail with three dorsal ridges of large scales giving it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. They can be distinguished from the common snapper by the three distinct ridges on the carapace, whereas the common snapper has a smoother carapace. They are a solid gray, brown, black, or olive-green in color, and often covered with algae. They have radiating yellow patterns around the eyes, serving to break up the outline of the eye and keep the turtle camouflaged. Their eyes are also surrounded by a star-shaped arrangement of fleshy filamentous "eyelashes".

There is an unverified report of a 403-pound alligator snapping turtle found in the Neosho River in Kansas in 1937, but the largest one actually on record is 236 lb, and housed at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. They generally do not grow quite that large. Average adult size is around 26 inches shell length with a weight of 175 lb. Males are typically larger than females.

The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged, and it possesses a vermiform (literally, "worm-shaped") appendage on the tip of its tongue used to lure fish, a form of Peckhamian mimicry. The turtle hunts by lying motionless in the water with its mouth wide open. The vermiform tongue imitates the movements of a worm, and can lure prey into the turtle's mouth. The alligator snapping turtle then closes its mouth with tremendous speed and force, completing the ambush.
 
Alligator Snapping Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii displaying tongue lureThe alligator snapping turtle possesses extraordinary bite strength, and can be quite aggressive when cornered. These turtles must be handled with extreme care.

Diet

Alligator snappers are primarily opportunistic carnivores, but are also scavengers. They will eat almost anything they can catch. Their natural diet consists primarily of fish, invertebrates, carrion, and amphibians, but they are also known to eat snakes, aquatic plants, and even other turtles. In captivity they may consume almost any kind of meat provided, including rodents, beef, chicken and pork.

 Reproduction & Lifespan

Maturity is reached at around 12 years of age. Mating takes place yearly; early spring in the southern part of their total range, and later spring in the north. The female builds a nest and lays a clutch of 9-52 eggs about 2 months later. The sex of the baby alligator snapping turtles depends on the temperature at which the eggs are incubated. High temperatures yield males whereas lower temperatures yield females.[citation needed] Nests are typically excavated at least 50 yards from the water's edge to prevent them from being flooded and drowned. Incubation takes from 100 to 140 days, and hatchlings emerge in the early fall.

Though their potential lifespans in the wild are unknown, alligator snapping turtles are believed to be capable of living to 100 years of age. In captivity, they typically live from anywhere between 20 to 70 years of age.

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 01:22:12 PM »

ganda talaga ni Bono.  yung nakita kong ganyan sa Avilon Zoo na malaki, parang kawawa naman... liit nung area nya, or is it just me.  Eto pic.  yung na-cut sa may right side, yun na yung end nung enclosure niya.

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 06:26:48 PM »

ganda talaga ni Bono.  yung nakita kong ganyan sa Avilon Zoo na malaki, parang kawawa naman... liit nung area nya, or is it just me.  Eto pic.  yung na-cut sa may right side, yun na yung end nung enclosure niya.

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add ko din.. di naman ata dapat sila super covered ng algae... ???
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007, 02:47:39 AM »

ganda talaga ni Bono.  yung nakita kong ganyan sa Avilon Zoo na malaki, parang kawawa naman... liit nung area nya, or is it just me.  Eto pic.  yung na-cut sa may right side, yun na yung end nung enclosure niya.

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add ko din.. di naman ata dapat sila super covered ng algae... ???



haay... zoo pa yang lagay na yan ha.. Embarrassed

is it legal here in the philippines to have an alligator snapping turtle as a pet?
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007, 12:51:09 PM »

I saw one of those on Animal Planet.  Over 200lbs giant   smiley3
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 01:45:41 PM »

ganda talaga ni Bono.  yung nakita kong ganyan sa Avilon Zoo na malaki, parang kawawa naman... liit nung area nya, or is it just me.  Eto pic.  yung na-cut sa may right side, yun na yung end nung enclosure niya.

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add ko din.. di naman ata dapat sila super covered ng algae... ???



haay... zoo pa yang lagay na yan ha.. Embarrassed

is it legal here in the philippines to have an alligator snapping turtle as a pet?


well, if you have the legal papers, parang kapag registered siya or nanggaling sa registered legal breeder puwede.  Cheesy
 
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007, 12:52:36 PM »

ok lang ma nay mga algae sila actually in the wild it helps them catch prey since these creatures are ambush predators, pag marami algea sometimes they do look like a rock which is good, just make sure water is not contaminated. in my opinion ok din lang yung lalagyan nya kasi alligator snapping turtles dont move much madalas nakatunganga lang yan khit maghapon, ggalaw lng pag kukuha ng hangin unlike the box turtles and other terapins kelangan na malaki tank kasi mga malilikot mga yun.


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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007, 01:26:55 PM »

tamad.. kaboring naman nyan... hehehehe
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008, 09:33:30 PM »

Looks prehistoric. whatdoyouthink
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2008, 01:59:55 AM »

i wonder saan kaya makakakuha ng ganto dito sa manila  confused  help
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 09:41:38 PM »

sa for sale thred meron .. di ko lang alam kung avail pa
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2010, 04:23:49 PM »

wlang pics?
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 05:19:11 PM »

kakatakot bka mangagat
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