Invasive snapping turtle killed at...

Invasive snapping turtle killed at...

There are 5 comments on the WIVB-TV Buffalo story from Oct 22, 2013, titled Invasive snapping turtle killed at.... In it, WIVB-TV Buffalo reports that:

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife killed an alligator snapping turtle last week that had been reported by a fisherman in Prineville Reservoir.

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Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#2 Oct 22, 2013
Neighbor's daughter, triple ditto!!!

“My Bad! Just hold me. ”

Level 9

Since: Aug 07

Orion's Belt

#3 Oct 22, 2013
Back when I was a teen, we would go to a small lake which had a lifeguard. The duty of the lifeguard would be to tell us to get out of the water when a snapping turtle would surface.

No one minded the old turtle. No one killed it either.

Montclair, NJ

#4 Oct 23, 2013
His cousin from Australia was visiting Texas boy one summer.
Tex was right proud to show cuz around his state.
But try as he might he couldn't impress his cousin.
When he showed him fine cattle, cousin claimed the sheep in Australia were twice as big.
When Tex took him to a rodeo, cousin claimed they rode wild kangaroos in Australia, by jumping in the pockets and steering with their teats.
Then Tex took him to wildlife museum to show him a horned lizard.(Horny toad) The little living dinosaur.
Cousin laughed and claimed the crocodiles in Australia were a 100 times bigger and older to boot.
Tex had enough.
He drove cousin to the airport by cutting through the East Texas swamplands.
So happened a fat nutria rat ran across the road being chased by a giant snapping turtle.
Cousin asked "Whut in the 'ell was that?"
Tex asked "What?
Y'all don't have fleas and ticks in Australia?"

“Got'em figured out?”

Since: Nov 09

Think again

#6 Oct 23, 2013
I wondered why I saw alligator snapping turtle in Yahoo!'s Trending section earlier today.

Native to south-eastern U.S. is sort of mis-leading. While not as abundant they've been found "forever" as stated in Wikipedia:

They are found from East Texas east to the Florida panhandle, and north to southeastern Kansas, Missouri, southeastern Iowa, western Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and western Tennessee.

The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged, and it possesses a vermiform (literally, "worm-shaped") appendage on the tip of its tongue used to lure fish, a form of Peckhamian mimicry. The turtle hunts by lying motionless in the water with its mouth wide open. The vermiform tongue imitates the movements of a worm, luring prey to the turtle's mouth. The mouth is then closed with tremendous speed and force, completing the ambush.

Contrary to claims that alligator snapping turtles possess one of the strongest bite force of any animal, it has been recorded at 158 18 kgf (1,550 180 N; 350 40 lbf), which is lower than several other species of turtles and at about the same level as humans, relative to the turtle's body size.[11][12] Still, these turtles must be handled with extreme care and considered potentially dangerous.[10] This species can bite through the handle of a broom and rare cases have been reported where human fingers have been cleanly bitten off by the species.[13] No human deaths have been reported to have been caused by alligator snapping turtles.[13]

The alligator snapping turtle is now endangered in several states, including Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri where they are protected by state law

“Will cause trouble when bored”

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#7 Oct 23, 2013
And legend has it, that if one bites u it won't let go til it thunders. Js

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