Young Alligator Snapping Turtle

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I’m almost certain this is *[Chelydra serpentina](*, the Common Snapping Turtle, rather than *[Macrochelys temminckii](*, the Alligator Snapping Turtle.

Generally, juvinile Alligator Snapping Turtles have more pronounced [ridges/spikes on the carapace, and a more pronounced beak/head.](

None the less, common snappers are still a great find. And they can still get pretty massive, I wrasseled with one that was about 30 pounds. The turtle won…

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