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Two New Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Announced Some

Two New Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Announced, Some Face Localized Risks

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought. The report also indicated that...

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Polluted Habitats Force Snapping Turtles To Move Into Urban Settings
2013-08-28 11:09:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. A new study published in the journal Urban Ecosystems indicates that human pollution and waste could be increasingly forcing these turtles out of their more natural habitats and closer to humans. "Snapping turtles are animals that can...

2008-12-26 14:48:39

Snapping turtles in Ontario are on the decline and at risk because they don't mate until they are 15 years old, say Canadian officials. The provincial government has named the snapping turtle a species at risk over concerns they produce few offspring and have a high mortality rate, The Toronto Sun reported Friday. The Ministry of Natural Resources is to assess the turtle's situation during the next year, said Barton Feilders, a ministry spokesman. Snapping turtles have a wide range in the...


Latest Common Snapping Turtle Reference Libraries

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2005-06-14 12:43:45

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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