Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Alligator snapping turtle

Macrochelys temminckii


The alligator snapping turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world. It is not closely related to, but is often associated with the common snapping turtle. They are the sole living member of the genus Macrochelys - while common snappers are in the genus Chelydra. The epithet temminckii is in honor of Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck.


This spotting is from an ongoing release/repopulation project in Oklahoma. It's part of a collaboration between 2 universities, USFWS, Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, and Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum. These images are from a recent trapping session to monitor the population of alligator snapping turtles in a particular waterway. Of course, due to the sensitive nature of this species and the ongoing project, I shall keep the exact location to myself.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


KevinBBabbitt 9 years ago

I am so jealous!!!!!!!

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Yes! Nice job on photo 3 of showing their tongue lure, which they wiggle to make it look like a worm to attract fish. Then, CHOMP!!!!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Stunning photos, and great information. I love hearing about conservation efforts. What powerful jaws these have!

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome! What a prehistoric looking critter!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Its Great spotting... what a specimen of an Organism...Wonderful..!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting and good information!

CandiceB 9 years ago

Amazing shots!

Spotted by

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on May 14, 2012
Submitted on May 26, 2012

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team