They have very large heads and powerful hooked beaks. To hunt, they use an appendage on their tongue that resembles a worm, helping the turtle to lure its prey. These turtles are huge and can weigh as much as 90 kilograms (200 pounds) with a carapace length of up to 80 centimeters (31 in).
The Alligator snapping turtle is also sometimes called the “dinosaur of the turtle world” because of its primitive look and dinosaur-like tail. Right now, they are in trouble. They suffer from habitat loss, water pollution, and over-harvesting and need our help to recover.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No