The alligator snapping turtle lures prey into its mouth with the tip of its tongue, which resembles a juicy worm.
Alligator snapping turtle with skull
Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) are some of the largest and weirdest freshwater turtles in North America. They have large heads, thick tails and three ridges of scales on their backs. This makes them look similar to dinosaurs.
An alligator snapping turtle's vital statistics tell you that it's not a monster to mess with:
The alligator snapping turtle has one of the most powerful bites in the natural world. But it's not just a powerful beast, it also uses sneaky tactics to trap its prey.
The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged, so an unsuspecting insect or unwary snake could crawl inside and not realise the danger until it was too late. The turtle also has a worm-shaped tip to its tongue which it uses to lure prey inside, before snapping its mouth shut.
These turtles will happily snack on fish, insects, snakes and even other turtles. They're really not fussy.