Rare 'alligator snapping turtle' caught in Chinese lake

The man discovered the alligator snapping turtle, which is not native to the country, in Weishan Lake, in southern China’s Anhui province.

The species is only native to North America and was probably someone’s pet before being dumped in the lake, the local fishing department said.

The creature’s alien status meant that it could have posed a danger to the local ecological system, they added.

Fisherman Sun Yongcheng said he was surprised when he netted the alligator turtle, which measures 76cm long and 30cm wide and weighs 7kg.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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One Response to Rare 'alligator snapping turtle' caught in Chinese lake

  1. JD hartzel says:

    Good find chinese are trying to set up breeding populations there Alligator snappers and common snappers to be farmed for food.

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