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Feds Look Into Listing Alligator Snapping Turtle as Threatened or Endangered

(Missourinet) Turtle soup is just one of the reasons being cited for the fed’s idea to list the alligator snapping turtle as threatened.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing 12-month study and comment period to list North America’s largest freshwater turtle species, as an endangered or threatened species.  The alligator snapper is identifiable by a shell length of 15 to 26 inches, weighing between 35 and 150 pounds with noticeably large head.  Already illegal to harvest in Missouri, alligator snapping turtles are mostly found in large rivers and lakes of southern, southeastern, and eastern parts of our state.

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