Chelydra floridana (Hay, 1907)

Giant Florida snapping turtle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Macrochelys floridana Hay, 1907:847


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Florida, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hay, O. P. (1907). Description of seven new species of turtles from the Tertiary of the United States. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 23: 847-863.


Other references:

Thomas, T. M. (2014). Taxonomic assessment of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States. Zootaxa 3786(2): 141-165.

Turtle Extinctions Working Group et al. (2015). Turtles and Tortoises of the World During the Rise and Global Spread of Humanity: First Checklist and Review of Extinct Pleistocene and Holocene Chelonians. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5: 1-66.


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