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Description




Alligator Snapping Turtles (ASTs) are the largest freshwater turtle from North America and in the world. They look mean and very prehistoric. They typically get to be over 24″ SCL, but they can get to 32″ and can reach weights as heavy as 250 pounds.

ASTs typically live between 20 to 70 years when in captivity but are reported to be able to live over 150 years in the wild.

Natural History

Habitat

Because of their large adult size and difficulty in finding suitable tankmates, including other snapping turtles, they are best kept by themselves in captive habitats in large stock tanks.

Diet

In the wild, alligator snapping turtles eat amphibians, fish, and other reptiles such as snakes – even other turtles. These include both living and dead animals, which they scavenge.

When they are younger, they are known to eat plants

Breeding

Alligator Snapping Turtles are considered ready for breeding at around 12 years of age

Health Concerns

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