Huge 65-pound alligator turtle terrorises suburban neighbourhood for months

A huge alligator snapping turtle has been terrorising a suburban neighbourhood for months.

Animal control started receiving calls about the hulking 65lb reptile who was roaming the streets of Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington D.C, in June, despite the creature not being native to the area.

The Fairfax County Police Department said: "Our Animal Protection Police received a call about a large turtle that was repeatedly crossing the road in a residential area of Alexandria.

"Much to their surprise, it was a 65-pound alligator snapping turtle."

Experts believe the creature is a captive-bred turtle released into the wild because the species is normally found much further south.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wrote online: "The 'common' snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is the species native to Virginia, while the alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages that flow to the Gulf of Mexico, east to Georgia and the panhandle of Florida, and westward to East Texas."

The Animal Protection Police captured the animal and took it to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, before it found a permanent home at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. He has been named Yidaro by zoo chiefs.

According to the Animal Protection Police, Yidaro is still a youngster.

They said: "Many species of turtle can live a minimum of 50 years and others more than 100.

"At 65lbs, this one was a youngster, as this species can reach weights exceeding 200lbs. Our native snapping turtle only reaches a maximum weight of around 50lbs."

Officials are glad the turtle has found a safe haven so he does not have to roam the streets during the cold winter months.

Source: Read Full Article