Alligator Snapping Turtle vs Common Snapping Turtle

I'm coyote Peterson and today we're gonna show you the difference between the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle I often times question whether or not there is a predator in the wetland ecosystem that is more perfectly designed than the snapping turtle try to imagine yourself as a fish out for a morning swim and around each and every lily pad you turn there may be a set of bone-crushing jaws wait to meet you snapping turtles rule their food chain and the wetlands of America are their Kingdom there are two very distinct types of snapping turtles that have multiple species within their respective general to keep it simple we will talk to Eric Lee about the common snapping turtle which grows to an average weight of 30 pounds and is native to nearly the entire eastern half the United States parts of Mexico and Central America then there's the larger alligator snapping turtle which averages close to 70 pounds a threatened species whose range has been reduced to the southeastern United States these reptiles are truly ancient and today we are lucky enough to have both of these species on hand so we can give you an up-close look at their distinct differences this is Adam remedies the true turtleman of Louisiana and what we have for you guys here are our two distinct dragons now as you guys know Han from Ohio I'm used to catching this guy right here the common snapping turtle or as I refer to it the mud dragon now what Adams used to working with is this guy right here what they refer to as loggerheads the alligator snapping turtle so you said this is about the average size of the common snapping turtles you guys get down here right now for me this is a small common snapping turtle now I know a lot of you have seen our other videos on snapping turtles and you thought gosh these alligator snapping turtles seemed really really calm now as soon as you get an alligator snapping turtle out of the water handle it gently put it on your knee they really do calm down is that what you experienced out of them almost all of them after they've been captured figure okay the more I struggle the more energy I'm going to waste the common snapping turtle is a much more aggressive species than the alligator snapping turtle let me see if I can get him to strike here yeah you see how fast that head shoots out now now the alligator snapping turtle I'm gonna keep you away from my nose doesn't ever really strike his head out see that he'll open his mouth up wider and say go ahead get your hand close to those scissor-like jaws but he's not he's not even gonna actually strike see that I can get my hand all the way in front of his face I don't recommend you ever try that at home with either of these turtle species but point I'm trying to prove is that the common snapping turtle is much more aggressive than the alligator snapping turtle now the one major difference between all snapping turtles that makes them separate from other turtle species is that they cannot tuck their extremities into their shell you see how small the plastron is on both the common and the alligator snapping turtle you have all of this exposed muscle and that's why they've developed these incredible defensive techniques now you see both turtles have their mouths open right now both of them ready to bite if we get our fingers too close but look at the bite spread on the alligator snapping turtle as compared to the common snapping turtle huge difference there my alligator snapping turtles hunt by laying on the bottom of slow-moving creeks and rivers with that little worm-like appendage you see that right there in the base of his mouth looks just like a worm now that's how these turtles hunt because they're ambush predators common snapping turtles are nomadic predators which means that they're gonna move about in a body of water looking for their prey actually hunting it down before they catch it kill it in pursuit now carapace is the top of the shell and you can see that the common snapping turtle has a much smoother appearance as compared to the spiky appearance of the alligator snapping turtle common snapping turtles typically inhabit ponds like you see behind us and alligator snapping turtles are usually found in slow-moving creeks and rivers now the common snapping turtles have these large pointy osteoderms on their tails osteo derm is just a piece of bone covered in scale and you see it really looks like the spice on the tail of a dragon you see the osteoderms on the alligator snapping turtle are a lot smaller and as these turtles grow and their tails get bigger the osteoderms actually get smaller which is the opposite with common snapping turtles as a common snapping turtle continues to grow its tail gets fatter and the osteoderms become more pronounced now if you look at the nose of the common snapping turtle it's short and blunt the nose of the alligator snapping turtle is much longer and these Turtles all they need to do is stick their heads up out of the water body stays completely submerged they can use those little eyes as periscopes looking around get a breath of air and then disappear back down into the murky abyss wow this is pretty cool I hope you guys enjoyed this getting the chance to see a common snapping turtle compared to an alligator snapping turtle Adam thanks for giving us up close with these turtles we're gonna put him back into the wild and then we're gonna go look for some monsters aren't we all right tonight we're heading out into the creeks to look for dragons snapping turtles have been on the planet since the Late Cretaceous period dating back nearly 70 million years in the fossil record despite whether or not you think they are the perfect aquatic predator I think we can all agree that these enormous turtles are about as prehistoric as it gets you

38 thoughts on “Alligator Snapping Turtle vs Common Snapping Turtle

  1. I wouldn’t want to take a bite from the alligator snapping turtle, but the common’s just look so damn.. evil

  2. Oh when there so close it gives me a feeling the alligator snapping turtle will just snap the common snapping turtles on the face…

  3. If you have access to the baby, Alligator Snapping Turtle? I want you to ship me 4 to 6 smaller, turtles, as I will pay for express over night Fed- Ex or U.P.S. to my door, and it is east to mail in a large plastic container. Call me Jonathan Williams at 251 – 447 – 6969 central Standard Time zone, as I am in Mobile Alabama.

  4. I saw somewhere on YouTube that alligator snapping turtles live to be over 400 years old and the reason I know this is because they have found musket balls from the civil war lodged in the shells of the turtles that they have plucked out. The south will rise again!!

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