Alligator Snapping Turtle Eats a Watermelon

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Think about snapping turtles. They were the bogeymen of the lakes and rivers where you'd go swimming as a kid, and with good reason: Even the common snapping turtle can lop off a finger with its powerful jaws. Many of us had a school friend who'd tell a story about a cousin or a bunkmate at summer camp who lost a digit or two to a belligerent snapping turtle.

The surly fellow in this video is not a common snapping turtle; it's an alligator snapping turtle, which is an appropriately terrifying name for these behemoths. Watch it instantly rip a healthy chunk out of that melon, rind and all. Now imagine that melon is your arm or leg. You've got a little more than just fingers to worry about losing if you happen to tick off one of these 175-pound beasties.

Fortunately, you can watch and be amused by this video from the safety of your home, taking comfort in knowing that alligator snapping turtles are native only to the Southeastern United States. If you happen to live in the South... well, stay out of murky waters.

Tell us, readers: Have you ever had a close call with a snapping turtle or other potentially dangerous water-dwelling creature?

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