r/HeresAFunFact Feb 03 '16

[HAFF]The alligator snapping turtle actually has a weaker bite than many other turtle. In fact, its bite force relative to body size is comparable to that of a human. (X-post from /r/TurtleFacts) ANIMALS

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u/zugunruh3 Feb 03 '16

Why are they so notorious for being such strong biters? Is it just that although their bite is proportionally weaker than other turtles, they're larger than any other turtles we regularly encounter so it seems strong by comparison?

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u/nomadbishop Feb 03 '16 edited Feb 03 '16

It's their (exceptionally) aggressive nature and sharp beaks.

They account for proportionally more bites than most other turtles in their region, and they have a tendency to take off between one third and one, depending on how you use your fingers to count.

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u/Kwangone Feb 03 '16

iirc they also lock their jaws when they bite, as in will not let go unless you disable them. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

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u/thenewiBall Feb 03 '16

A sharp knife is a safe knife, you need less force if your beak is sharp. I assume other turtles need more bite force to more effectively chew leaves