"The Alligator Snapper"
We just call this guy “The Alligator Snapper” and that is exactly what he is (Macrochelys temminckii.)
He came to our sanctuary from Kliebert’s Alligator and Turtle Farm in Louisiana, home to the original Swamp People. We estimate his age to be about 10- 15 years old. Even though he weighs about 50 pounds, we still frequently use him in our Florida native education programs. Sometimes we will demonstrate his powerful crushing jaws by enticing him to snap at a carrot.