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Rare Giant 65 pound Turtle stumbled into Fairfax County, VA

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It seems that while every Human beings are in quarantine under the global pandemic with coronavirus but wild animals are free from all the rules and regulations.

Patch reported that on May 28, at the residential neighborhood in the Kingstowne area, in the suburban areas of DC region, a huge turtle crossed the road.

Local news source said, it was 65 pound alligator snapping turtle.

Snapping turtle can be found very easily in almost every pond in VA, but this alligator snapping turtle is very rare to be found in Northern VA.

Generally, alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, Florida panhandle, East Georgia, and East to west Texas.

According to animal police, it was found near a residential pond.

Police took this alligator turtle to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and named it Lord Fairfax.  Lord Fairfax’s new house is Virginia Zoo in Norfolk now.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tells residents to research what it takes to care for a turtle before getting one as a pet. Experts believe this alligator turtle can reach weights above 200 pounds.

Snapping turtle can be weights up to 50 pounds.

The turtle is one of longer living animals, and some can be over 100 years old. It is hopeful that Lord Fairfax enjoys his life in Norfolk from now on.


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