Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macrochelys temminckii


Conservation Status

  • Alligator Snapping Turtles is the heaviest freshwater turtle in North America. They can weigh over 200 lbs and can live over 100 years. 
  • The alligator snapping turtle is endangered and protected in Kentucky. It was introduced in South Africa, where it is now an invasive species. 
  • The species’ is rare and not aggressive, but if encountered it should never be handled. It can bite right through a broomstick (or a finger) if provoked. 
  • Alligators snapping turtles have a worm-like lure on their tongues which they use to lure fish within striking range of their camouflaged mouths.