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Alligator Snapping Turtles, Alligator Snapping Turtle Pictures, Alligator Snapping Turtle Facts

Alligator Snapping Turtle- Adult snappers have no natural predators other than humans, who capture them for their meat and shells, and to sell in the exotic animal trade. A severe reduction in population due to unregulated harvesting and habitat loss has led states to protect them throughout most of their range, and they are listed as a threatened species.


TORTUGA MATAMATA, Y aquí tenemos otra tortuga extraña, ideal para que te cuide la casa, es la tortuga matamata. Es inconfundible. Tiene un caparazón marrón o negruzco de 45 cm de largo. El plastrón es estrecho, angosto, recortado adelante y marcadamente echado hacia atrás y en el macho es cóncavo. La cabeza es triangular, aplanada y alargada. Tiene numerosas protuberancias en la piel, dos bigotes y dos filamentos adicionales en el mentón. El hocico es alargado y tubiforme.

from MNN - Mother Nature Network

19 weird and wonderful turtle and tortoise species

largest freshwater turtle in the world based on weight is the alligator snapping turtle. Lying completely motionless with its mouth wide open, it literally just waits for an animal to get close to its mouth, which it then snaps shut with incredible speed.


MATA MATA TURTLE - a freshwater turtle found in South America, primarily in the Amazon and Orinoco basins.