Discover the Largest Snapping Turtle Ever Recorded

Snapping turtles are one of the oldest types of turtle around, having been around for approximately 200 million years – even during the time of the dinosaurs! 

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But just how big can snapping turtles get?  We’ll discover the largest snapping turtle ever recorded and see how they compare against other turtles!

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The Background on Snapping Turtles

These fascinating turtles are excellent swimmers and are found mainly in freshwater locations across North America.

The Largest Snapping Turtle Ever Recorded

The largest snapping turtle ever officially recorded was a 16 year old alligator snapping turtle that weighed in at a massive 249 pounds. 

How do Snapping Turtles Compare with other Turtles?

Compared to other freshwater turtles, the average length of snapping turtles is only slightly smaller than the largest.

Were Ancient Snapping Turtles Even Bigger?

It is quite easy to assume that they were much bigger than the snapping turtles that are around today. 


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