Alligator Snapping Turtle - Macrochelys temminckii

Alligator Snapping Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Louisiana Range:  Statewide, but records lacking from many parishes.

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Global Conservation Status:  Alligator Snapping Turtles are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G3G4 (Vulnerable to Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  The Alligator Snapping Turtle is Under Review for federal protection.

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Alligator Snapping Turtles have a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana. They are also a ‘restricted harvest’ species in Louisiana, where, with a proper license, recreational fisherman can take no more than one Alligator Snapping Turtle per day, per person, per vehicle/vessel. There is no size limit on the allowed take. Commercial harvest of Alligator Snapping Turtles is prohibited.

Author's Remarks: I have only observed a single individual of this species in the state, and that was near Manchac, Louisiana, in the early 2000s.

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