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    Distribution: The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is found from northern Florida to southern Georgia and through the Gulf states into Texas (Nichols, M. 2007). It can also be found in more northern areas such as Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana; there have also been sighting as far west as California and Arizona. The alligator snapping turtle is confined to river systems in the United States that drain into the Gulf of Mexico (Clarke 1981). The most common sightings include the Mississippi River, the San Antonio River, the Suwannee River, and the Tennessee River. The alligator snapping turtle can be found in rivers, lakes, backwater swamps, and periodically in brackish water systems (mixture of fresh and salt water) from Florida…

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    River Otter Family

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    consume amphibians (primarily frogs), crustaceans (mainly crayfish), small mammals, reptiles, birds, and fruits. One study that was conducted by the Southwestern Association of Naturalists looked at the predation on alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) by river otters. This study was conducted in Oklahoma. Two juvenile alligator snapping turtle carcasses were found in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. The first was a female that had been head started in captivity and…

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    Crocodiles Vs Alligators According to the National Park Service crocodiles and alligators belong to a group of reptiles called crocodilians, which are the largest of the living reptiles. Crocodiles and alligators are often mistaken for one another, because of their vast amount of similarities. How do people tell them apart? Crocodiles are considered an endangered species. They live in fresh or brackish water. Such as river estuaries, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps. The crocodile is…

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    Alligators vs. Crocodiles Have you ever looked at a swamp and wonder if it was a crocodile you were observing or an alligator? If so then this essay will show you many differences to tell which is which it will also tell you various various similarities to why people mistake them for one another. They both have a lot of similar features and actions like rough skin and have some differences to help you tell you which you are looking at like most alligators have round snouts and crocodiles have…

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    Again he was relieved to find that Pablo was still asleep because he caused so much trouble for him. The thing that Diego hated most about Pablo is that he thought that he was the best snake in the Amazon, so he bullies every snake, with an exception for his friends. The one thing Pablo was afraid of, however, was the fearsome alligators who lived in the regional river. The reason for this is because the alligators had big sharp teeth, scary green skin, strong jaws and a big, long body compared…

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    ollectively known as “leaf turtles,” the species names in the following list demonstrate one of the weaknesses of common names. In both appearance and range, these species are diverse even as they are all native to Asia: 1. Cyclemys dentata (Asian leaf turtle, aka Brown stream terrapin); 2. Cyclemys tcheponensis (Stripe-necked leaf turtle); 3. Geoemyda spengleri (Black-breasted leaf turtle or Chinese leaf turtle, aka Vietnamese Wood Turtle); 4. Mauremys (Annamemys) annamensis (Vietnamese or…

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    Red-eared slider turtles have become an invasive species and a threat to freshwater turtles around the world. The IUCN list the red eared slider as one of the 100 worst invasive species worldwide (Boudjelas et al 2000.) They can survive and thrive in almost any freshwater ecosystem. They are able to outcompete other species of turtles for nutrients and territory and they threaten to decline the native turtle population wherever they live. A lot of pet turtle owners don’t know the threat…

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    She ran, ran as fast as she could into the crowd. Stumbling and staggering, Mij stopped and looked around. She had no idea where she was or what kind of person she was, but she did know how to get back home. On her way home she stopped by at an antique store to buy the present that she was planning to buy for Alled. She bought the beautiful turtle shell covering that was stained with beautiful colors, and even contained a small jewel in the middle. A few weeks before, Mij saw it, the shell…

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    many nonfiction essays and books. In his essay ‘The Courage of Turtles,’ he talks about a younger him who seemed like an animal activist wanting to help rescue exclusive animals, not just turtles. All animals live off of gumption, searching, storing, gathering, and collecting anything they can do to keep living. Hoagland explains how his love for animals began, and how he even made mistakes in trying to help the animals he loved so much. Many animal activists preach about saving nature, yet when…

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    seen the world's fastest snapping turtle. I snapped my head back to see how much distance there was between us. There was only a foot left to where the dock would come to an end. My heart was racing. Thump! My breaths were quick and short. Thump! As my feet landed on the ground there was a slight trip in my step, but I slowly steadied myself. When I glanced back the turtle seemed to have disappeared and ran the other way. “Hey Katherine do you want to try and catch crawdads?” my cousin,…

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