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The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the heaviest freshwater turtle in the world. It is often associated with, but not closely related to, the common snapping turtle, which are in the genus Chelydra. The alligator snapping turtle is given its name because of its immensely powerful jaws and long spring like neck, as well as distinct ridges on its shell that are similar to the ridged rough skin of an alligator.

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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.

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Alligator snapping turtle is surprising catch by angler

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Get ready to see the largest freshwater turtle in North America, as Coyote comes face to face with an alligator snapping turtle!

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Louisiana Refuses to Protect Freshwater Turtles From Commercial Trapping