It can be quite amazing, what is found in reservoirs around the world, but some things are more shocking than others. The Inquisitr reported on Oct. 22, 2013, that an alligator snapping turtle was found last week in the Prineville Reservoir is Oregon. The shock of the Department of Fish and Wildlife is that the giant reptile is not native to any nearby area.
Officials have said that the alligator snapping turtle was captured from the reservoir and euthanized. A biologist from Prineville said that the animal was sedated prior to being euthanized, according to guidelines.
It is not exactly known how the turtle got to where it was found, but wildlife officials have their theories. It is believed that the large animal was released into the lake by someone who once owned it as a pet, but could not care for it any longer or simply no longer wanted it.
“People get these turtles when they are small and release them when they get too big and aggressive to keep as pets,” said Simon Wray, An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation biologist. “It’s a poor choice for a pet and the environment.”
Alligator snapping turtles can grow in size of over 300 pounds and can often be very aggressive. They naturally feed on insects, small birds, fish, and other smaller animals.
Oregon has had problems with the common snapping turtles, but do not want a growing trend of alligator snapping turtles in the area as to what damage they can do to an environment.