Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fact of the Day: Tale of the 2 Snapping Turtles

There are two types of snapping turtles; the common snapping turtles and the alligator snapping turtles. The two are not as closely related as one might think. The common snapping turtle belongs to the genus Chelydra, while the Alligator Snapping Turtles are the sole living members of the genus Macrochelys. Both are actually considered living fossils which are creatures with no close living relatives and that haven't changed much over a very long period of history. 

8 comments:

RaeAbigael said...

Great to know! I love turtles but I have no idea how wide their species are! haha

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Atley said...

living fossil, what a strange though, maybe I will go out and buy one for my garage.

Tatiana said...

What interesting animal!!!:-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Tatiana

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Pat Hatt said...

Never knew there were two, there can't be many of them left.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

They do look prehistoric!

Natasha said...

Wow that's cool! I'm writing an essay that involves looking at fossils at the moment so this is right up my street. Thanks for visiting my blog, I really like your blog background too. xxx

Christine said...

interesting!

Maria said...

This is amazing Adam.