ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES

The prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. With its spiked shell, beaklike jaws, and thick, scaled tail, this species is often referred to as the "dinosaur of the turtle world." With a bite force of 1,000 pounds, their powerful jaws can snap through bone—so they should never be handled in the wild.

Interesting Fact: These amazing creatures have a unique worm-like appendage at the back of their mouth that is used to lure in prey close enough to become a meal.

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Also sharing this exhibit are spotted gar. This ancient species of fish has several primitive features including a swim bladder connected to their esophagus, which acts like a lung. This allows gars to breathe air in stagnant waters with little oxygen.

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Sturgeons are ancient fish, little changed from their ancestors in the fossil record dating back to the Triassic period, some 245 to 208 million years ago.

Sturgeons used to have considerable economic importance along the Mississippi River, but  underwent a sharp decline after 1900. Overfishing, pollution, and dam construction (which blocks migration and destroys habitat) have all contributed to the decline of these unusual, ancestral fish. Slow growth rate and late maturity make the sturgeons, as a group, especially vulnerable to overharvest.

Sturgeon, like the Shovelnose Sturgeon in this tank, are more critically endangered than any other group of species. 

SHREVEPORT AQUARIUM
  1. TRIGGERFISH + MORE
  2. MORE TROPICAL FISH
  3. PORKFISH + MORE
  4. SKUNK CLOWNFISH + MORE
  5. BURRFISH + MORE
  6. LIONFISH + MORE
  7. POISON DART FROGS
  8. BABY ALLIGATORS
  9. ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES
  10. SALVINIA
  11. ALBINO COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE
  12. POND TURTLES
  13. SHORELINE TOUCHPOOLS
  14. COMMON OCTOPUS
  15. SPOTTED SPINY LOBSTERS
  16. MORAY EELS + MORE
  17. SHARK TUNNEL
  18. STINGRAYS
  19. HORSESHOE CRABS + MORE
  20. JAWFISH + MORE
  21. EQUIPMENT ROOM
  22. MOON JELLIES
  23. ANTHIAS
  24. PAJAMA CARDINALFISH
  25. CLOWNFISH + MORE
  26. SWELL SHARKS + MORE
  27. SEA NETTLES
  28. LIVE CORAL TANK