Leatherback turtles are the largest turtle overall, as ziapan already noted. The largest species of freshwater turtle is likely (there’s some debate) the Shanghai soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), a critically-endangered species in China — only four individuals (2 in Chinese zoos and 2 in Vietnam) are known to exist. Another beast of a turtle is the alligator snapping turtle of southern North America. It’s up there in the “largest freshwater turtle” runnings.
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