The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world. It lies practically motionless on the bottom of a lake or river. A thick layer of algae grows on its shell to help it blend in with its habitat. Opening its mouth, it wiggles a pink worm-like tongue to lure in passing fish and—SNAP!—dinner is served.
Did You Know?
Long-Lived: Turtles are very long-lived animals, and alligator snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old.
- The alligator snapping turtle can stay underwater for 40 to 50 minutes before coming up for air.
- With its ridged shell and huge size, the alligator snapping turtle is referred to as “the dinosaur of the turtle world”.