Definition of alligator snapping turtle in English:

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alligator snapping turtle

(also alligator snapper)

noun

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.
  • Macroclemys temminckii, family Chelydridae.
Example sentences
  • Historical records show alligator snappers up to 300 pounds have been captured in Georgia and Florida.
  • 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.

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Syllabification: al·li·ga·tor snap·ping tur·tle

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