An alligator snapping turtle was found in a reservoir in Oregon. On Oct. 22, The Inquisitr reported that the huge creature was captured by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife after a report of a sighting. The snapping turtle was euthanized.
According to the report, the turtle was not native to the area. It is believed that someone had it as a pet when it was a baby (little snapping turtles tend to be very cute) but then realized that keeping it as a pet probably wasn't a good idea -- so they just set it free. This species can get to be very large -- about 175 pounds -- and they are considered aggressive.
The alligator snapping turtle can harm people especially if they don't know what it is and they get too close. This particular turtle was euthanized for unclear reasons -- it could have been transported to a better location where it could have been better suited to its environment but that's not the decision that was made.
Of course keeping this particular species in an area where it doesn't belong isn't smart. They "wreak havoc" in many areas, eating local wildlife, and attacking humans becoming an instant threat. These animals are scary-looking for a reason -- to ward off unwanted company. They are predators and they can kill.
This alligator snapping turtle was very far out of its comfort zone. Officials say that it probably wouldn't have survived the cold winter according to The Inquisitr.
© Effie Orfanides 2013