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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Chicago ~ April 22, 2005
Shedd Aquarium

The alligator snapping turtle waits underwater looking like anything but a real animal. It's mouth is wide open, and its specialized tongue tries to make an unwary fish think there is something good to eat inside the jaws. I don't think so! But apparently the trick works. These turtles have been around for a very long time (about 40 million years). This is a small one. They get quite large.

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7 comments:

Dina said...

What a bizarre turtle!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

I not heard of this particular creature...looks quite nasty and I wouldn't want to meet it in a dark underwater cove!

marina said...

wow! that is fascinating!! I never heard of them....
thanks for sharing...

Halcyon said...

He looks a bit creepy!

Pat Tillett said...

Mother nature sure has an active imagination when it comes to animals! These are so odd looking.
nice pic!

JM said...

These guys are fantastic! Never seen them in the wild though.

Sailor said...

Very interesting picture!