The Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis) was first described in 2014. The species is thought to occur in blackwater and spring-fed streams of sufficient size throughout the Suwannee River drainage, but we have limited detailed information regarding its range. To clarify the distribution of M. suwanniensis, we compiled 111 museum, 16 literature, and 40 other credible records and trapped streams throughout the Suwannee drainage in Georgia and Florida, plus 8 streams in the Big Bend region of Florida (total of 1893 trap nights). We documented the first records from the Willacoochee River and Okapilco, Piscola, Warrior, Jones, and Toms creeks in Georgia and from Rocky and Olustee creeks in Florida. Relative abundance based on catch per unit effort (CPUE) varied among streams (0.00–0.50) and sections of the same stream. Macrochelys suwanniensis is apparently scarce in the Okefenokee Swamp and in the Suwannee River upstream of White Springs, Florida (none trapped), but it occurs in small blackwater tributaries in this section of the river in both states. In the Suwannee River between White Springs and the estuary, we had a mean CPUE of 0.25, and the highest trapping success in Florida was in downstream reaches of the Suwannee River and in its major tributaries, the Santa Fe and New rivers. The species is widely distributed in Georgia, but relative abundance in most streams appears lower than in Florida. In Georgia, we had the highest trapping success in the Alapaha drainage and in sections of the Little River and Okapilco Creek in the Withlacoochee drainage. In Florida, we failed to trap Macrochelys in the purported distribution gap between the Suwannee and Ochlockonee drainages and in the Wacasassa River to the south, indicating that this species is restricted to the Suwannee drainage.
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