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Re: How big was/is the biggest snapper?


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Posted by Bill Moss on October 30, 2002 at 13:09:45:

In Reply to: How big was/is the biggest snapper? posted by TomT on October 30, 2002 at 10:57:42:

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





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