Alligator Snapping Turtle
15" - 26"
Record length 31.5
Avg. weight 35-150
Record weight 316
Fish, snakes, frogs, aquatic plants,
clams, and other turtles.
Low to mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to low 90's
Alligator Snapping Turtles live in
the deep water of large rivers, canals, lakes, swamps, and bayous in the states
where they occur.
Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri.
a 20-50 gallon tank will last a while (about a year), these turtles as they get
older will require large tubs, stock tanks, and ponds. They require lots of
underwater obstructions to feel comfortable. Logs, driftwood, smooth rocks,
stumps, and other similar features will help the turtle feel secure and
“invisible”. Filtration needs to be of the highest caliber, unless you want to
do at least weekly 100% water changes. Pond filters will work well with stocks
tanks and ponds; however, they need to be secured at the inlet.
I recommend an outdoor pond above all else
for adults, with 800 gallon stock tanks just behind. Juveniles (6-12 inches) are
fine in smaller stock tanks and large (100+ gallon) aquariums.
Commercial turtle food, live guppies,
small freshwater minnows, crayfish, cooked chicken, chopped bluegill, bass, and
other game fish (can be served whole and live for large adults), mice, chicks
and rats can also be fed to larger individuals. Remember to also offer some
vegetable matter such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, grapes, cherries,
bananas, apples, and carrots.
Despite many large adults often being
kept with other turtle species in zoo exhibits, alligator snapping turtles are
best kept alone.
Because of their extremely large size
(heaviest freshwater turtle in the world), alligator snappers are not for
beginners, or even experienced keepers if they cannot provide the space for