Distribution: Southeastern United States.
Size: It is the largest freshwater turtle
in the world. It can grow up to 30 in. (75 cm) and weigh up to
176 lbs. (80 kg). Their tails are about as long as their shells.
Males are typically larger than females.
Habitat and Diet: They spend most of their
lives in the deep waters of rivers, lakes, canals, swamps and
bayous. At night, they prey upon fish, snakes, frogs, aquatic
plants, clams and other turtles.