What genus is the common snapping turtle in?
The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is in the genus 'Chelydra'.
There are two extant species of the family Chelydridae: Chelydra serpentina, the Common Snapping Turtle, and its larger relative Macrochelys temminckii, the Alligator Snapping Turtle (although the monotypic Asian genus Platysternon has at times been included in this group). Both are endemic to the Western Hemisphere.
Alligator snapping turtles are larger and have much stronger bites. Alligator snapping turtle also live longer than common snapping turtles. Alligator snapping turtles can live to be 100 at the longest while the common snapping turtle lives to be around 70 at the maximum. Alligator snapping turtles have smaller shells and bigger heads. Common snapping turtles have the oppisite.
How do you tell the difference between a baby common snapping turtle and a baby alligator snapping turtle?
Aligator snapping turtles and regular snapping turtles can be told apart by the tail on the aligator snapping turtle, which is longer with jagged spines. Its tail resembles an aligators thus the name aligator snapping turtle. It also has a more defined shell when its young so it will have larger looking spines than a regular snapping turtle. Hope this helps. Common snapping turtles have a pinkish mouth and alligater snapping turtles have brownish mouth
Oh My Goodness there are SO many here are some.. sea turtles family - loggerhead green turtle Alantic hawksbill Atlanic ridley Snapping turtle family - common snapping turtle Alligator snapping turtle Leatherback sea turtle family - leatherback Box and water turtles painted turtle eastern chicken turtle Barbour's map turtle Ernst's map turtle black-knobbed sawback etc.....
Alligator Snapping Turtles ( M temminckii) are not indigenous to South Carolina. There is actually very little cooberating evidence of any being captured in South Carolina. The Alligator Snapping Turtle is often confused with the Common Snapping Turtle (C serpentina). The Alligator Snapping Turtle is threatened in it's native habitat, and is protected under several Federal and State laws.
The difference between a female snapping turtle and a male snapping turtle is the difference in their tales. Each snapping turtle has a small cirlce looking shape on theie tale. If it is a female snapping turtle, it's circle will be closer to the shell (or the butt) an if it is a male snapping turtle, the circle will not neccesarily be at the end of the tail, but it is certainly not near the…