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Posted by Accomplice on October 30, 2002 at 11:16:32:
In Reply to: How big was/is the biggest snapper? posted by TomT on October 30, 2002 at 10:57:42:
Alligator snappers are the biggest of all snappers and males are larger than females. On the net you'll find several different quotes about maximum straight line shell length for male alligator snappers (24-36 inches). One reputable researcher recorded a maximum of 31 inches. However, I recently asked the same question of two breeders who've seen hundreds if not thousands of adult male alligator snappers. One said they don't get much bigger than 24 inches. The other said the reports of 30+ inch snappers were bunk and that he believed 27 inches was the maximum shell length.
As far as weight goes, very few alligator snappers break the 200 lb. mark these days. One of the breeders I spoke with has a client with a free-standing order for the next 200+ lb. alligator snapper he gets in. That guy has been waiting a while for his turtle. There are reports of 300+ and even 400+ lb. turtles having been caught decades ago. I beleive the heaviest alligator snapper on display in the US is over 200 lbs.
:I saw the pictures of the very large common snappers further down the page, what straight Carapace Length (inch or cm) do these animals have? How big are/were the biggest snappers (all chelydra types) ever measured and which Subspecies did they belong to???