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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.
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
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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