I can not determine if this turtle is an alligator snapping turtle or common snapping turtle. It was found in the St. Johns River flood plain area along Orange Mound Road in the Seminole Ranch WMA. It was approximately 10" to 12" in length. Thanks for your help.
Post by Ira Runyan on Dec 16, 2016 19:37:22 GMT -5
Well, Frank, I can answer this question as Old Ned had given me the information in the past. Your photo is of a Common Snapping Turtle.
The FWC web site says "The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle species in North America. In Florida, it can be found from the Suwannee River drainage westward through the Panhandle."
Thanks Ira. I was thinking this could have been a juvenile alligator snapping turtle but with the range being restricted to north Florida it has to be the common snapping turtle. I found this FWC link to more information on the alligator snapping turtle. Alligator Snapping Turtle