Chelydridae


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Related to Chelydridae: snapping turtle, common snapping turtle
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These two species are the only extant representatives of the family Chelydridae in the United States, and the alligator snapping turtle is considered a species of concern in Missouri because its numbers have declined throughout its range in the state.
avivoca Viosca, bird-voiced treefrog CLASS REPTILIA Order Testudines (turtles) Family Chelydridae (snapping turtles) Chelydra serpentina Linnaeus, I common snapping turtle Macroclemys temminckii SW (Troost), alligator snapping turtle Family Kinosternidae (musk and mud turtles) Kinosternon subrubrum NW, SW (Lacepede), eastern mud turtle) Sternotherus odoratus I (Latreille), common musk turtle Family Emydidae (box and water turtles) Chrysemys picts (Schneider), I painted turtle Clemmsys guttata (Schneider), N spotted turtle Emydoidea blandingii N (Holbrook), Blanding's turtle Graptemys geographica I (LeSueur), map turtle G.
In Chelydridae, the epiplastron also is reduced to a lanceolate form, joining the epiplastra in a tongue-in-groove articulation; the epiplastra themselves are reduced to flat, elongate, and weakly crescentic bones.
Family Species Prey Chelydridae Chelydra serpentina Other turtles including Chelydra, Kinosternon, Sternotherus, Chrysemys, Pseudemys, Trachemys, and Apalone.