The Apalachicola Alligator Snapping Turtle dwells in the freshwaters of the Apalachicola and other panhandle rivers in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Range Apalachicola Alligator Snapping Turtle is found in rivers, lakes and canals. They are currently endangered as their natural habitats are under threat from man-made activities. They eat fish and frogs which they bait with the bright red worm like piece of flesh in its tongue. They look vicious but are actually not aggressive. They have no know predators and can live for up to a century. They are oviparous and can stay underwater for about 30 minutes at a stretch.
These prehistoric looking creatures grow up to 26 inches and weigh about 200 pounds. Its shell is spiked, like it is a cross between a dinosaur and an alligator. The carapace is usually shiny black, blackish or brown. There are three rows of spikes which run from the next to the tail area. The carapace is surrounded by short spike looking bulges across the full area of the carapace. The head is beak-like, with shorter sharp brown spikes on its neck. The eyes are round and between each eye is a brown nose. The limbs are brown short and stocky. The females are smaller than the males.
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