ANIMAL BYTES: THE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE

  • Alligator snapping turtles may live up to 200 years.  They continue to grow as they age.  Males are larger than females.  There are several records of adult males of 240 and 250 lbs. and even a debatable record of a 400 lb. turtle found in Kansas in 1937.  More typically, an adult male will live up to 120 years and weigh up to 180 lbs. in the wild.

 

  • Despite their reputation as having the strongest bite of any animal, the bite of an alligator snapper is about as strong as a human’s and is actually weaker than some turtles.  Nevertheless they can easily amputate a finger!