|Photo Credit: Chad Hudson|
A common snapper has a smoother shell than an alligator snapper’s, which has three distinct spiky ridges. The alligator snapper has a more triangular head with little bumps that look like eyelashes around the eye. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and the hatchlings of the Common Snapper have ridges on their shell that will even out over the years. This photo is most probably a Common Snapping turtle.
Another interesting snapping turtle fact is that the incubation temperature of snapping turtle egg determines the sex of the turtle. Eggs typically need to incubated in the 80 degree range, but eggs hatched at cooler temperatures tend to produce males, and those at higher temperatures, females.
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