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Alligator Snapping Turtle

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Jack C.

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Alligator Snapping Turtle

Diet -Earliest Ancestor is Proganochelys dating around to about 210-220 million years ago Ancestors Names Characteristics Video -Fish
-Snakes
-Salamanders
-Crayfish
-Clams
-Mussels
-Small Mammals
-Plant Root
-Birds By Jack Ciarroccca Alligator Snapping Turtles -Common Name: Alligator Snapping Turtle
-Scientific Name: Macrochelys temminckii -Dinosaur like because they have spiky shells and primate like faces
-Largest freshwater turtle with males weighing between 155lb-175lb
-In the wild they live about 11-45 years but in captivity they can live up to 70 years
-They are found exclusively in the U.S., from northern Florida to eastern Texas and as far north as Iowa.
-Their powerful jaws can snap through bones
-They can also actively search for prey by tasting chemicals in the water that are indicative of a particular species Work Cited http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/alligator-snapping-turtle/
https://www.nwf.org/~/media/Content/Animals/Reptiles%20and%20Amphibians/Turtles%20and%20Tortoises/219x219/AlligatorSnappingTurtle_MarcHaserodt_219X219.jpg
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/huyhhhh1/DSC02957.jpg Adaptions -turtles use use chemosensory cues to locate prey. Water drawn in and out of the mouth provides chemical clues given off by potential prey nearby. Using this sensory system, alligator snapping turtles are able to locate hidden prey
-They can survive nearly 40-50 minutes underwater without needing to retrieve air
-Alligator snapping turtles have a soft, red, worm-shaped structure on the tongue that they use as a fishing lure. When a curious fish tries to eat the decoy “worm”, the turtle’s massive jaws close on the prey.
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