History Flashback

Lounging lazily in the cool sand of a riverside beach at Three Rivers State Park, this alligator snapping turtle is living the high life. A juvenile when this photo was taken in 1976, if this tank of reptile has managed to avoid anglers and hungry gators over the ensuing decade, he (or she) could very well be living the high life to this very day. Alligator snapping turtles РAmerica’s largest freshwater turtle species Рcan live up to 200 years in captivity, though 80 to 120 is typical in the wild.


Brian Dekle is a reporter and editor at The Chattahoochee News-Herald & Sneads Sentinel. He can be reached at editor@prioritynews.net


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