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Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macrochelys temminckii

Habitat:

Found in Wolf Creek in Walker County, Alabama. She was spotted just below a shallow riffle area, heading for deeper water. I pulled her out of the water to confirm that she was, in fact, an AST. She was then released into the deeper water she was moving toward a few feet from where she was found.

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4 Comments

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 8 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this information!

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 8 years ago

AWESOME!! By far the coolest animal that still roams the southeast US. I'd absolutely love to stumble upon one of these beauties. I haven't seen one in the wild since I was really young... there are only a few patches in western GA where they supposedly still inhabit. Guess I should make a trip to 'Bama :)

jinxieruthie
jinxieruthie 8 years ago

Lisa, I added a little more info. Isn't she gorgeous! This is actually the third one I have seen in my life. I am an environmental scientist for the state, and I ran across her while collecting samples. I have a nice head shot that won best in show in a photography contest that I will add soon.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 8 years ago

Wow! It is unusual to see these large turtles out of the water. Can you please add a little more information about how you came upon this spotting. They are such amazing and interesting animals.

jinxieruthie
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jinxieruthie

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Sep 11, 2012
Submitted on Dec 12, 2012

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