Is It Tourist Season Yet?
(Baby Alligator Snapping Turtle)

By Henry H. Mitchell, April 3, 2009.
Baby Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) at Myrtle Beach

A juvenile Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) with a carapace about six inches long is seen in a wooded area on the south side of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This turtle will reach maturity in about 12 years, with a probable weight of around 175 pounds. Hopefully its diet will not include careless tourists who lose their way in the maritime forest. (Only slightly kidding!)

This guide to Myrtle Beach is sponsored by Mitchells Publications.