The only place in the world where the alligator snapping turtle can be found in the wild is the Southern United States.
They can be found from Southern Georgia to Northern Florida,
West to Central Texas and up to the north in Southwest Indiana, Illinois, Kansas and the Mississippi Valley.
Their range is wider than that of the Florida snapping turtle ( Chelydra serpentina osceola ), but they overlap.
The alligator snapping turtles have been hunted by humans for meat, and their populations have depleted. They used to
be listed as endangered species, but due to the icrease in their population the restrictions have been eased off in recent years.