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Image of alligator snapping turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macrochelys temminckii
In Missouri, alligator snapping turtles are protected, and it is illegal to harvest them.

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Alligator Snapping Turtle Illustration

Larger, heavier, and rougher-looking than the common snapping turtle, the rare alligator snapping turtle is protected, and harvest is illegal in Missouri. Check Missouri Turtle Regulations for more details.

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Alligator Snapping Turtle, Dorsal View

Alligator snapping turtle, dorsal view.

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Alligator Snapping Turtle, Ventral View

Alligator snapping turtle, ventral view.

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Common Snapping Turtle Illustration

The common snapping turtle is found statewide in Missouri, and it is legal to harvest. Check Missouri Turtle Regulations for more details.

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Common Snapping Turtle, Dorsal View

Common snapping turtle, dorsal view.

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Common Snapping Turtle, Ventral View

Common snapping turtle, ventral view.

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Photo of a female snapping turtle with rear end in nest.

Snapping Turtle (Common Snapping Turtle)

June is the usual month for egg-laying, though two clutches may be laid per season. The female digs a nest in deep sand or loose soil and deposits usually 20–30 eggs. This photo was taken in Ontario, Canada.

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Photo of a snapping turtle on a gravel surface with mouth open.

Snapping Turtle (Common Snapping Turtle)

Snapping turtles are an economically important game animal pursued for their meat, and conservation of this species involves regulated hunting. A fishing permit is required. These turtles do not harm game fish or waterfowl populations in natural conditions, though they may become a nuisance in artificial ponds.

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Photo of a snapping turtle walking on land with algae on shell.

Snapping Turtle (Common Snapping Turtle)

Chelydra serpentina
A large aquatic turtle with a big pointed head, long thick tail, and small lower shell, the snapping turtle is common throughout the state, anywhere there is permanent water. Conservation of this species involves regulated hunting.

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