Watch As A Monster Snapping Turtle Kicks Some Alligator Butt
Everyone thinks that alligators are the apex predators of the swamps, well here we see a monster sized snapping turtle kick some alligator butt AND take his food away too boot.
Deep in an east Texas swamp a 300 pound creature ambushes a large alligator from below. What swamp creature could bully an 8 foot alligator? The alligator snapping turtle is one of the heaviest fresh water turtles in the world. Bolt cutter shaped jaws mounted on a boulder of a skull suggest you need to keep your hands and fingers at a distance.
This alligator snapping turtle in the video below, is estimated to be about 150 years old and around 300 lbs. “Raphael”, as the locals call him, has been head honcho here below the restaurant since the 1980’s and was probably likely sharing the planet with Charles Darwin, Ulysses S Grant and Billy the Kid. Alligator snapping turtles almost never come out of the water and are extremely shy. If you see a snapper, the odds are its the Common Snapping turtle, a much much smaller animal.
The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii ) is a species of turtle in the family Chelydridae. M. temminckii is one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world. It is often associated with, but not closely related to, the common snapping turtle, which is in the genus Chelydra. The specific epithet temminckii is in honor of Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck. Although it was once believed to be only one species, a recent study suggests that it is actually three separate species; Macrochelys temminckii, Macrochelys suwanniensis, and Macrochelys apalachicolae. The alligator snapping turtle is given its common name because of its immensely powerful jaws and long, spring-like neck, as well as distinct ridges on its shell that are similar in appearance to the rough, ridged skin of an alligator.