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Alligator snapping turtles (ASTs) are the largest species of freshwater turtle in the western hemisphere. In Texas these lurking leviathans inhabit our bayous, creeks, lakes and rivers from the Trinity River in Tarrant County and river systems eastward. If ever there could be a ‘Texas-sized’ turtle, this is it. Adult females can weigh as much as 70 pounds while adult males in the wild can attain massive proportions of just over 200 pounds and total lengths (from snout to tail tip) of 5 feet!

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