Weird Nature

Alligator Snapping Turtles Are Reptilian Nightmares

If you’ve ever wondered what a dinosaur would look like in real life, the alligator snapping turtle is about as close as you’re going to get. Everything about them is prehistoric in the most terrifying way. These incredible turtles are known for their vicious bite and primordial appearance, and they certainly live up to their reputation. Although they are not known to attack humans unprovoked, they can really mess up the day of anyone who is foolish enough to get too close. But it's okay, because after learning some facts about this mini-Godzilla, you'll be sure to think twice before messing with one in the wild.

Super strong snapping turtles may be lurking in the waterways of the southeastern United States, but they actually have more to fear from us than we do from them. Their numbers are declining thanks to human activity, including poaching and habitat loss. While they are not considered to be an endangered species on the federal level, states like Texas have put laws in place to help protect these remarkable river monsters from potentially catastrophic population loss.