Definition of alligator snapping turtle in English:

alligator snapping turtle

(also alligator snapper)


  • A large-headed, long-tailed snapping turtle of the southeastern US, found especially in the Gulf States. Weighing up to 150 pounds (67.5 kg), it is the largest freshwater turtle in North America.

    • ‘Although alligator snappers do not prefer moving water, it is necessary to keep the water from stagnating.’
    • ‘When submerged on the bottom of a river, it is easy to mistake the alligator snapper for a pile of rocks.’
    • ‘You can keep other species of turtles with alligator snappers provided they are the same size.’
    • ‘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.’