This Turtle is listed at IUCN as threatened,
and Endangered in several states.
It is found in Florida primarily
in the Panhandle Region.
This Species is
the largest of all freshwater
Turtles in the United States, with unverified
reports of them weighing over 400 pounds,
although their average weight is
normally about 175 pounds.
They range in length from 16-32 inches,
with males usually being larger than females.
The bite of the Alligator Snapping Turtle,
which is its best weapon, is quite
strong and they should be considered as
being formidable when they are handled.
Shy and elusive, this Turtle prefers to wait
at the bottom of murky waters for it meals.
Carnivores as young, the Alligator Snapping
Turtles at adulthood become omnivores.
Their lifespan can be up to 150 years
in the wild and from 20-70 years in captivity.
This unique Turtle has an almost Dinosaur like
appearance, with the suggestion of a primeval
creature that time has forgotten.
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