Giant Rare Alligator Snapping Turtle Caught in Florida

Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Biologists in Florida recently trapped a rare, giant alligator snapping turtle — weighing in at whopping 100 pounds!

The massive creature was a Suwanee alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys suwanniensis, which is a new species of snapping turtle that biologists first discovered in 2014.

Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

The find was even more unusual as this river was a blackwater stream, which are lower in nutrients and known for low biological productivity. Finding such large turtles here is quite exceptional.

Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

The FWC shared the photos in a post on Facebook:

This week our biologists were out checking traps set for the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys…

Posted by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Friday, August 21, 2020

Alligator snapping turtles possess some unbelievable powerful jaws, capable of crushing a pineapple with ease (watch that here).

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