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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 - By Gianna McDougall Adults can weigh anywhere between 150-250 lbs. Macrochelys Temminckii The Alligator Snapping Turtle is the world's largest species of freshwater turtles. The Alligator SnappingTurtle lives only in river systems that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, with the Mississippi drainage being the center of its distribution. They mate in the springtime and lay a clutch of 8-52 eggs between June and July in a nest dug into a sandy bank or beach. Alligator Snapping Turtles are light green, dark green, yellowish green, brown, black and white. Their flesh is used locally for stews and soups, and is traded to Asian countries where turtle meat is considered a delicacy. double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. "Alligator Snapping-Turtle (Macrochelys- temminckii)."-Encyclopedia of- Endangered S-pecies. Vol. 2. G-ale, 2009. Scien-ce in Context. W-eb. 10 Nov. 2014 Range:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, (U.S.A.) This animal lives for 20 -70 years. Habitat: Almost exclusively aquatic and rarely have to come to the surface except to take a gulp of air. When their prey comes to investigate their tonguewhich resembles a worm, the turtle bites them in half. They lay between 8 and 52 eggs between June and July. Why they are Endangered:exotic pet trade, habitat destruction and over-harvesting for the commercial meat trade. The males are normally significantly bigger thanthe females. "" It has a specialized tongue adapted to attract potential prey. They eat all of their food under the surface. Food Chain:The Alligator Snapping Turtlesticks out its worm-like tounge which lurs its prey towardsit and than it bites its prey in half Behavior and Reproduction: They lay between 8 and 52 eggs within the months of June and July. They mate for life. It is unlikely that women reproduce more than once. They are major predators and opportunistic scavengers who feed mostly during the night. They are major predators and opportunistic scavengers. The Macrochelys Temminckii is most often referred to as the Alligator Snapping Turtle.
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