Caddo Lake in Texas is known for alligator snapping turtles, but this beast really takes the cake.
The photo has been circulating the internet for a few days, and while there is no total story yet, we can all agree that this alligator snapping turtle is bigger than the torso of the man holding it.
Rebecca Bedell Boaze posted the photo with the caption, “Look what a friend caught on Caddo in Uncertain, TX this morning.”
Alligator snapping turtles are a protected species in Texas, so hopefully this man accidentally caught this big guy. One can only hope. So how long have alligator snapping turtles been around? Well, they look fairly prehistoric, so there’s that.
They are also the largest freshwater turtle in North America, and can live from 50 to 100 years old despite reaching maturity around age 12. They tend to spend most of their lives in the water, so if you’re perusing Caddo Lake, I would keep this photo in mind.
You never know what would like to nibble on your toes!