Can you imagine stumbling upon a 25-pound alligator snapping turtle? Luckily for these kayakers, it didn’t decide to bite.
A tranquil kayak trip through the headwaters of the Nissequogue River was interrupted when a father and son came face to face with an alligator snapping turtle.
The dangerous and unpredictable turtle is not native to Long Island. It now has a new home at the Holtsville Ecology Center.
Alligator snapping turtles have powerful jaws, which are capable of snapping off fingers and toes.
Officials with the Suffolk County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) believe the alligator snapping turtle was dumped by a former pet owner.
If true, the person responsible faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.