Latest Alligator Snapping Turtle Stories
A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought.
Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m.
Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb.
The Year of the Turtle campaign is working to save these animals.
The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) is a larger yet less aggressive relative of the common snapping turtle. It is characterized by a large, heavy head and a thick tail with a dorsal ridge of large scales which gives it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged and it possesses a vermiform appendage on the tip of its tongue with which it lures fish. Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator...
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.