Alligator Snapping Turtle: Rare invasive turtle found in Oregon

By on Oct 24, 2013 in Animals, United States, Weird, World Comments
Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle
Credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

A prehistoric looking alligator snapping turtle discovered at Prineville Reservoir was captured by biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The alligator snapping turtle caught in the wild in Eastern Oregon is reportedly invasive and feeds on native fish and other animals such as ducklings. It can grow over 220 pounds and the species’ bite maybe dangerous to human.

Simon Wray, a ODFW Conservation Biologist, believes that “People get these turtles when they are small and release them when they get too big and aggressive to keep as pets. It’s a poor choice for a pet and the environment.”

Greg Jackle, a district biologist in Prineville Reservoir, explained that they “euthanized it as soon as we got it back to the office. It’s obviously a very large turtle that was not something that we’ve ever seen over here before.”

ODFW plans to exhibit the alligator snapping turtle for educational purposes.

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