Alligator snapping turtle
Macrochelys temminckii

This prehistoric-looking reptile that is found almost exclusively in the southeastern United States is the largest of the North American freshwater turtles.  Although turtles are known for being slow movers, don’t get in the way of the alligator snapping turtle when it is looking to feed.  They are quicker than the blink of an eye!

Conservation Status – They are listed as a threatened species due to habitat loss and unregulated harvesting.

Did you know?
Alligator snapping turtles have a built-in fishing lure on their tongue that they use to entice their prey within biting distance.