Alligator snapping turtle found in Prineville Reservoir, Eastern Oregon

Reported to have been found in the wild of Eastern Oregon, this alligator snapping turtle was reportedly removed from Prineville Reservoir last week.
Alligator snapping turtle
Considered as an invasive specie, wildlife officials say, the alligator snapping turtle basically preys on the native fishes.

According to an ODFW conservation biologist Simon Wray, someone must have taken the turtle as a pet when it was small but had to release it somewhere when it got bigger. Apparently, it was released in the reservoir.

Wray said:
People get these turtles when they are small and release them when they get too big and aggressive to keep as pets ..It's a poor choice for a pet and the environment.
It is said that alligator snapping turtles can grow as much as 250 pounds, being the largest freshwater turtle that can be found in North America.

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