Alligator Snapping Turtle

The current status of the Alligator Snapping turtle is State Species of Special Concern.

FWC convened a Biological Review Group to evaluate the status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle in 2016 and 2017. New information showed that there are three species of Alligator Snapping Turtle.

Based on the literature review, information received from the public, the BRG findings, staff’s evaluation of the findings, and peer reviewer input of the staff-modified recommendations, the FWC recommended that Macrochelys suwanniensis be listed as threatened due to meeting criterion D2 (population with a very restricted area of occupancy). Marcochelys apalachicolae did not meet any listing criteria and staff reccommended not listing the species. Macrochelys temmincki met criterion B with a limited extent of occurance and area of occupancy, fewer than 10 locations, and a projected decline in extent or quality of habitat. Because of the extent of the species range outside of Florida, in addition to uncertainty surrounding the percieved continuing decline in extent or quality of habitat, debate surrounding the actual number of locations where this species occurs in Florida, the FWC reccomended not listing Macrochelys temminckii.


Biological Status Review 2017 Adobe PDF

Draft Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Action Plan Adobe PDF




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