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How Did This Alligator Snapping Turtle Make it to a River in Russia? [PICS]

All Photos via Daily Mail.UK

An alligator snapping turtle was found in the Amur River in Russia, thousands of miles from its native home in the American south. 

How an alligator snapping turtle, one of the American south’s most indigenous species, came to be living in a river in Russia still needs explaining.

A woman named Anastasia Steshina took photos and video of the creature and said, “When we saw it, we did not even realize that it was a turtle. It reminded us of a dinosaur.”

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The Amur River in Russia is the world’s tenth longest river in the world with no native alligator snapping turtles.

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People in the area have surmised that it escaped Chinese breeders up river to the north and ended up in Russian waters.

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“I have never seen such a thing before and neither have my friends,” said one local fisherman, “and they think it is not the only one here since, they say, such animals do not live alone.”

The alligator snapping turtle is native to the ponds and rivers of the southern U.S.

These turtles are also listed and a threatened species due to loss of habitat.

Pictures via Daily Mail.UK

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How Did This Alligator Snapping Turtle Make it to a River in Russia? [PICS]