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alligator snapping turtle

n.
A large freshwater snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) of the south-central United States, having a rough carapace and powerful hooked jaws. Also called alligator snapper.
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snap′ping tur`tle


n.
either of two large freshwater American turtles of the family Chelydridae, having a massive nonretracting head and powerful jaws: Chelydra serpentina, of warm muddy shallows, and the larger Macroclemys temmincki (alligator snapping turtle), of rivers and lakes.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alligator snapping turtle - large species having three ridges on its backalligator snapping turtle - large species having three ridges on its back; found in southeastern United States
snapping turtle - large aggressive freshwater turtle with powerful jaws
genus Macroclemys, Macroclemys - includes the alligator snapping turtle
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Translations
tortue-alligator
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Predation on alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) by northern river otters (Lontra canadensis).
Macrochelys temminckii restricted nesting activity to a 10-m buffer surrounding the perimeter of each oxbow, and, therefore, the available nesting area can be approximated by a closed linear loop with a distance equal to the perimeter of the oxbow (1,810 m for Oxbow 1; 4,478 m for Oxbow 2).
Survey for Macrochelys temminckii in southern Illinois: implications for recovery actions.
species are also being exported to Asian markets, including Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina), Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii), softshell turtles (Apalone spp.), sliders (Trachemys spp.), Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin), and others (Altherr & Freyer, 2000; Behler, 1997; Williams, 1999).
PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON HABITAT PREFERENCE, MOVEMENT PATTERNS, AND SURVIVAL OF INTRODUCED JUVENILE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES (MACROCHELYS TEMMINCKII).
This study examines preliminary results from combined efforts of head-starting and translocation in central Oklahoma to restore alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) to a river in its historic range.
scripta in the same trap at the same time; however, we never captured Macrochelys temminckii and Chelydra serpentina in the same trap at the same time.
The lone record for 1 species (Macrochelys temminckii) is suspect (Moll 1988).
Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) occur in river systems that drain into the Gulf of Mexico (Ernst et al.