alligator snapping turtle

noun
variants: or alligator snapper

Definition of alligator snapping turtle

: a large freshwater turtle (Macrochelys temminckii synonym Macroclemys temminckii) of southeastern U.S. rivers that may reach nearly 150 pounds (68 kilograms) in weight and 31 inches (79 centimeters) in length and differs from the common snapping turtle in having a shell with three distinct ridges, a more triangular-shaped head, and a pink fleshy wormlike appendage in the mouth used as a lure

Examples of alligator snapping turtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, since the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department considers the the alligator snapping turtle a threatened species worthy of being protected by the state, Broomhall decided to release the turtle back into the water, unharmed. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 23 June 2022 The service proposed threatened status in April for the related Suwannee alligator snapping turtle, found in the Suwannee River basin in Georgia and Florida. Janet Mcconnaughey, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Nov. 2021 That includes a Burmese python that goes by Phil, and Rocko — an alligator snapping turtle that is among Levins’ favorites. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 11 Oct. 2021 The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 14 May 2021 Lord Fairfax, a 65-lb alligator snapping turtle, raised more than a few eyebrows when he was spotted lumbering through a residential neighborhood last week. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 18 June 2020 His species -- the alligator snapping turtle -- isn't native to the area. Resell Larthridge, CNN, 17 June 2020 Their list mainly included fish, but also mammals like beavers, river dolphins and hippopotami, as well as coldblooded creatures like crocodiles, giant salamanders and alligator snapping turtles. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2020 At least 460 alligator snapping turtles have been released by IDNR in the past five years, or are slated for release in August. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of alligator snapping turtle

1876, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Alligator snapping turtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alligator%20snapping%20turtle. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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