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Alligator snapping turtle goes Godzilla Captive breeding specimen. <br />
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It was wonderful to watch this alligator snapper take up its &#039;lure position&#039;...standing absolutely still, opening the mouth, then displaying and utilising the vermiform appendage in its mouth (worm mimic).  The tremendous speed and force at which it closed its jaws on its ambushed prey was simply incredible. <br />
 Alligator snapping turtle,Chelydridae,Geotagged,Macrochelys temminckii,Testudines,Turtle,United States,fauna,pennsylvania,reptile,vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Alligator snapping turtle goes Godzilla

Captive breeding specimen.

It was wonderful to watch this alligator snapper take up its 'lure position'...standing absolutely still, opening the mouth, then displaying and utilising the vermiform appendage in its mouth (worm mimic). The tremendous speed and force at which it closed its jaws on its ambushed prey was simply incredible.

    comments (6)

  1. worm mimic? Can you elaborate? Posted 2 years ago
    1. Posted 2 years ago
      1. Oh wow, that's cheeky! Posted 2 years ago
        1. Super cool isn't it? Posted 2 years ago
  2. Awesome Ruth, great shot. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Paul! :) Posted 2 years ago

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The alligator snapping turtle is a species of turtle in the family Chelydridae. The species is native to freshwater habitats in the United States. ''M. temminckii'' is one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world. It is the largest freshwater species of turtle in North America. It is often associated with, but not closely related to, the common snapping turtle, which is in the genus ''Chelydra''. The specific epithet ''temminckii'' is in honor of Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck.

Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jun 17, 2020. Captured Dec 8, 2014 09:11 in 31 Evans St, Uniontown, PA 15401, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/49s
  • ISO3200
  • 39mm