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Posted by Lynn_DeVries on October 30, 2002 at 22:40:05:
In Reply to: Re: How big was/is the biggest snapper? posted by Bill Moss on October 30, 2002 at 13:09:45:
:The state record in Minnesota for the common snapping turtle (chelydra serpentina) is 65 lbs and having a straight carapace length of 19-1/2" (Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota, Oldfield and Moriarty)
:The alligator snapper (Big Ed) that I am holding in photo further down weighed approx 150 lbs and had a carapace length of just shy of 27". This compares with maximum weight of 248 lbs (Pawley, 1987 - presumably the one they have (had?) at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago) and maximum length of 31-1/2" (Prichard) (Turtles of the United States and Canada, Ernst, Lovich and Barbour). Prichard refers to an often cited record of a Kansas specimen claimed to be 403 lbs as "very doubtful" (Living Turtles of the World, Prichard)
:As to the carapace lengths and exact weights of the ones in the photos, Lynn will have to answer those questions.
:Bill- The Common Snapper that you are holding in the photos is 19 inches straight line carapace, and when he was caught 11 years ago he weighed in at 54 pounds. As you know I just recieved him at my farm and I think we both agreed he looked to be a little on the thin side. I will probably warm him up shortly and start him feeding so as not to risk losing him during hibernation. The other big common I have, I can't remember the stats, but when I move him into the Snapper Barn for the winter I will get an acurate weight and measurement. A couple years ago National Geographic had a feature on Snapping Turtles and had a photo of the big one that was caught out East. It has since died at the Zoo that purchased him(I Heard). The Giant Loggerhead at the Brookfield Zoo has died also.