Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)


The incredible, ancient, threatened Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), averages 70 lbs. but the largest recorded weighed 298 lbs 

These spiky-shelled (carapace) threatened species are "ambush predators" and take the "slow but steady" approach. They hunt by stationing their bodies on the bottom of rivers and creeks and simply opening their mouths to expose their built-in pink lure, a vermiform (a worm-shaped) appendage on the tip of alligator snapping turtle's  tongue.

My current project: To sample 6-8 colors from actual images of Texas Threatened Species and to create original art inspired by their limited palette. 

Watch it hunt:


5% of the profits from these products go to Threatened & Endangered Species.

THREATENED TEXAS SERIES: Each palette & threatened species is unique. I have sampled colors from images of actual Texas Threatened Species: Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) to create this original works.