Alligator Snapping Turtle


Common name : Loggerhead turtle

Scientific name : Macrochelys temminckii

Family : Chelydridae

Native to : South-Eastern United States

Interesting fact : It lures fish and frogs by wiggling its bright red worm-like structure in its tongue.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

Spikes on the back and a powerful jaw give it the look of an alligator. These freshwater lovers hardly go basking. They lay still and catch their prey by surprise. Breeding happens late in winter or in early spring and a hotter incubation temperature gives rise to male hatchlings or vice versa. Loggerheads live for 50 to 100 years.

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