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Alligator Snapping Turtle (Rory Calhoun)

Macrochelys temminckii

Notes:

Rory Calhoun here was the first relatively big male I caught. He weighed in at around 75 pounds. Sadly we discovered his carapace on the railroad tracks one day, picked clean with the radio still attached. We suspected poachers, but it was impossible to prove.

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3 Comments

JessyZich
JessyZich 9 years ago

Poor guy, they live so long it's amazing!

MitchRay
MitchRay 10 years ago

Sadly it often depends on how "charismatic" the animal is. Everyone wants to save "pretty" animals, but it's much more difficult to get officials and the general public to care about "ugly" animals. Luckily these turtles are large enough to generate public interest. Public education and awareness is crucial, and something I always try to foster with my students and the people I meet.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

I thought animal poachers are only in Asia and Africa from poor community. Mitch you have given good information. Will America take strict action to cease poaching business ?

MitchRay
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Monroe, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2008
Submitted on Apr 22, 2011

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