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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.22    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 08/21/2005

Main Category:

Aquatic/Land

Sub Category:

Turtles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Snapper

Years Experience:

10 to 15 Years

Species:

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Mates underwater, February to April though females can retain sperm from previous mating for up to a year. Lays one clutch of 10-50 spherical, 1 and a half inch eggs, in a flask-shaped, earthen cavity a short distance from the waterís edge. Incubation takes 11-16+ weeks. At puberty the males testicleís may hang out of the cloaca(Anus) and there will be an increase in aggression. 1-5 feet long 100-320lbs. Massive head with strongly hooked beak and very long tail. Carapace gray,brown or black, serrated, with 3 prominent keels and an extra row of small scutes between marginal and costal scutes. Plastron comparatively small and gray. They also have a pink wormlike structure on itís tongue that it uses to lure in fish.

Mostly Active During:

Both

Substrate and Water Needs:

20 gallons of water for every inch(So if you have a 4 inch turtle you will need an 80 gallon or more tank or pond) and the water must be at least as deep as the shell is long. No substrates are needed.

Lighting and UVB:

At least 12 hours of UVB light is needed.

Temperatures and Humidity:

70-85 degrees

Heating and Equipment:

You will most likely need a very large filter as these turtles make a big mess in the water.

Caging Provided:

N/A

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Worms,fish,crayfish,and carrion.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Maintenance:

This species needs little maintenance save for water changes at least once a week.

Some Words on this Species:

This is a very very aggressive turtle and is not good for beginnerís
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