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Alligator snapping turtle

Macrochelys temminckii

Description:

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.

Notes:

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.

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7 Comments

KevinBBabbitt
KevinBBabbitt 9 years ago

I am so jealous!!!!!!!

NeilDazet
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
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

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

KarenL
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
CandiceB 9 years ago

Amazing shots!

Aaron_G
Spotted by
Aaron_G

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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

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