World Turtle News, 01/04/2019
Alligator snapping turtles found thriving in Houston, TX
During a survey of other wildlife in the area, wildlife biologist Eric Munscher found them by accident in traps he’d set along the banks. Munscher works with the Turtle Survival Alliance and says it wasn’t a surprise that they were there.
“We just never thought that there was a successful population here,” he said.
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Did You Know…
The worm-like lure on the alligator snapping turtle’s tongue used to draw in prey is known as a vermiform appendage.
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Photo from Eric Munscher.