VIDEO: Florida Fish and Wildlife Agent Busts Alligator Snapping Turtle Poachers
By Space Coast Daily // May 26, 2016
species that is protected and illegal to possess
(Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) – While on patrol, FWC Officer Jason Hutchinson saw two nervous-looking men boating up to a ramp.
Because they had fishing gear, he asked how they fared and was told they’d caught some bream. Hutchinson inspected the bream and asked if they had anything else, and they said no.
Continuing his inspection, Hutchinson found an alligator snapping turtle, a species that is protected and illegal to possess, hidden inside a compartment.
The owner of the vessel was charged with illegal possession of an alligator snapping turtle and the reptile was released back into the Escambia River alive.
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ABOVE VIDEO: The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. Male alligator snapping turtles can reach lengths of 29 inches and 249 pounds, while females can reach lengths of 22 inches and 62 pounds.