A kayaker and his son stumbled upon a 25-pound alligator snapping turtle while fishing in a Long Island stream last weekend—an unlikely event, since the creatures are generally found in the southeast.
Alligator snapping turtles are, according The Internet, one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world. They're not generally prone to biting humans, but they'll certainly cause some damage if they do—their powerful jaws can easily sever a human finger.
The turtle's presence on Long Island suggests that someone dumped it there, Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told NBC New York. Long Islanders seem to love illegally collecting reptiles—in 2013, more than 850 snakes were recovered from a Brookhaven animal control officer’s home.
Motherfucking nature, amirite?