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Close your eyes if youre a turtle lover and try to image you self as one of the biggest freshwater snapping snapping turtles what would you do Would you go on an eating frenzy or would you go for a swim If you love turtles as much as I do then you will love to hear about one of the scarcest turtle alive to day This turtle dates back to the dinosaur age and is the most feared among other turtles it is the alligator snapping turtle The Alligator Snapping turtle is a unique reptile that resembles a prehistoric turtle-like dinosaur Alligator Snapping Turtles live among the deep fresh waters of the southern United States north to Illinois These turtles are very sedentary spending most of the day motionless on the bottom of a riverbed or in shallow water in lakes By night the Alligator Snapping turtle forages for food such as crayfish mussels snails aquatic plants and fish This unique turtle has a distinguishing hooked jaw that is effective on mussels and crayfish To catch little fish the turtle remains on the bottom of a riverbed with its mouth open A red worm-like tong within its mouth wiggles to attract fish As soon as a fish enters within the boundaries of the mouth the snapping jaw will grasp the fish and devour it Alligator Snapping Turtles are the largest of all freshwater turtles 15 In the wild snapping turtles are found mainly in ponds canals and streams Although they prefer slow moving and shallow waters snappers can be found living on the edge of deeper lakes or rivers - like the ones around the Northern American Great Lakes Contrary to their heavy appearance the snapping turtles with their powerful leg muscles are very good swimmers but unlike other turtles they dont do much swimming If not moving around they like to wait and hunt for fish or any other animal of
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