Invasive alligator snapping turtle native to Florida rescued out of lake in England

There was nothing ‘fluffy’ about this creature caught from a small lake in England.

The alligator snapping turtle, an invasive species native to Florida known for its vicious bite, was discovered in the county of Cumbria in northwest England, where a local worker fished it out in a shopping cart. BBC reported.

The creature was discovered by a dog walker.

Parish councilor Dennis Chamberlain, who was wearing three pairs of gloves at the time of the rescue, told the outlet he had two concerns.

“In fact, some people were able to catch it without losing a finger,” she said. “But what were you going to do with it?”

She carried water from the lake in a large container.

The turtle is being cared for at a veterinary center. The vet named it “Fluffy”transferred to a zoo or private caretaker.

The prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtle can be identified by its spiny carapace, which resembles a crocodile. It has a bite that can break human bones. wild side veterans

“I think someone bought it and didn’t realize what it was. Either they got too big to care for it or they couldn’t afford to feed it,” she told the magazine.

This carnivore has complex needs, a voracious appetite, and a vicious bite that can pierce bones. They can grow to weigh nearly 200 pounds.

Dinosaur-like turtles with pointy shells and primitive faces also live in Central and South America.

The population of alligator snapping turtles is declining due to habitat degradation and overhunting for their meat. According to the National Wildlife Federation.

Although not endangered, some states prohibit collecting them from the wild.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department previously offered rewards of up to $1,000 to people who reported poaching of endangered species, the Post reported.



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