AP: 1st wild alligator snapping turtle sighted in Illinois in 30 years

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The AP is reporting, “Researchers are reporting the first sighting of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois in 30 years.

In a news release, the University of Illinois says that state Natural History Survey herpetologist Chris Phillips was looking for a young male alligator that had recently been released in Union County’s Clear Creek when she discovered a 22-pound female that was at least 18 years old.

Now researchers are trying to determine whether the discovery of the state-endangered species offers hope about the animal’s survival on its own or is the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention…”

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