EMYSystem Family Page: Chelydridae
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
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Original Description Gray 1831b : 4
Synonyms Chelydrae (original name)
Common names Snapping Turtles
Distribution Southern Canada to Ecuador
Comments Gaffney (1975) and Gaffney and Meylan (1988) included the Platysternidae within the Chelydridae; however, Whetstone (1978) argued for their separation. Frair (1982c) reported a great difference between chelydrid and platysternid electrophoretic patterns.
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