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The alligator snapping turtle has a fascinating hunting technique.
The alligator snapping turtle has a fascinating hunting technique. Since this creature eats primarily fish, it spends most of its time in the water. It waits motionless with its mouth open. It then moves its worm-like tongue to entice fish into its mouth. This hunting practice was not part of the original created kind, since all animals were originally vegetarian.
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Testudines (tortoises and turtles)
FAMILY: Chelydridae (snapping turtles)
GENUS/SPECIES: Macrochelys temminckii
Size: Average 26 in (60 cm)
Weight: 155–175 lbs (70–79 kg)
Diet: Primarily fish, but will eat almost anything, including plants
Habitat: Typically in southeastern freshwater river systems of the United States