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A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought.
People swimming in the Midwest’s lakes and ponds are often on the lookout for snapping turtles, which are said to be capable of taking off fingers or toes with their powerful jaws and sharp beak.
Researchers at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden have discovered that a freshwater turtle species declared extinct has not died out as experts had previously believed – in truth, it never existed.
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...
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