Alligator snapping turtle discovered at Center Hill Lake - WSMV News 4

Alligator snapping turtle discovered at Center Hill Lake

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Officials have released photos after an alligator snapping turtle was found at Center Hill Lake.

The findings were confirmed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received pictures of the discovery and passed them along to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Wildlife diversity biologist Chris Simpson collected data from the discovery, which included a carapace measurement of 19.5 inches and 48 inches in length for the turtle. The average carapace length of alligator snapping turtles is 20 to 24 inches.

The turtle was unable to be weighed and was fairly decayed. Biologists believe it is a male.

The TWRA is questioning how the turtle ended up at Center Hill Lake because the species naturally resides in the Cumberland River.

“Dealing with these situations and cataloging information is truly enjoyable,” said Simpson. “Any information we can gain on a GCN species is valuable.”

Officials are asking people to report sightings to their regional TWRA office. Click here for more information.

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