Definition of alligator snapper in English:

alligator snapper

(also alligator snapping turtle)


  • A large snapping turtle occurring in fresh water around the Gulf of Mexico.

    Macroclemys temminckii, family Chelydridae

    • ‘When submerged on the bottom of a river, it is easy to mistake the alligator snapper for a pile of rocks.’
    • ‘Historical records show alligator snappers up to 300 pounds have been captured in Georgia and Florida.’
    • ‘The alligator snapping turtle lays its eggs on dry land in soft earth or sand.’
    • ‘Although alligator snappers do not prefer moving water, it is necessary to keep the water from stagnating.’
    • ‘You can keep other species of turtles with alligator snappers provided they are the same size.’