Noodlers beware: two men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana recently rescued a roughly four-foot-long alligator snapping turtle from a drainage canal. According to WAFB, the turtle was wedged in a culvert and needed to be pulled out. Despite its dangerous reputation, the two men decided to give the animal a push.
Alligator snapping turtles may have a menacing name, but turtle-on-human biting incidents are few and far in between. The large reptiles spend most of their time on river bottoms and lure in fish by wagging their tongues. Although they are reputed to have one of the strongest bites of any animal, these turtles can only chomp down with about the same force as humans do. Still, that is more than enough to sever a few fingers and caution is needed when handling them. Professionals grab these snapping turtles by the shell just behind the head and the tail.
Thankfully, no fingers were injured in this rescue.