Huge ‘Alligator Snapping Turtle’ Shocks DC Suburb

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Now, this is something we wouldn’t want to stumble across in our front yards…

Here’s the kicker… If you wanted to look at all the animals roaming our planet, it would take around 8 years of non-stop scanning, and that’s if you spent thirty seconds per photo, without eating or sleeping… That’s just madness.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, and found the weirdest of the bunch, so you don’t have to spend a decade sifting through the lot.

Well, keep on scrolling to see the world’s latest horrifying attraction… an enormous Alligator Snapping Turtle chilling in a suburban area of D.C!

This species of alien-looking moth was only recently discovered in Venezuela in 2009, its poodle-like fur covers the entire body. It’s kind of cute though.

This tie-dye looking creature is also known as the blue dragon and is a species of blue sea slug.

This is an umbrella octopus, found all over the world. Its name comes from Disney’s “Dumbo” because of their elephant-like ears.

These little guys are found on the Galapagos Islands and are actually pretty bad swimmers, instead opting to use its fins to walk along the bottom of the sea bed! I just want to know what shade that is.

Despite its name, and looking like an ant, it’s actually a form of wingless wasp. It has also coined the name “cow-killer,” due to its painful sting.

They are actually a type of sea cucumber that lives at depths of over 1000 meters! I mean if I looked like that, I probably would too.

Superb bird-of-paradise has a small female population, which could be the reason males are so extra when it comes to attracting a mate. I wish someone would do that for me.

These are the smallest species of armadillo, and definitely the cutest. They look like a pink wafer.

I believe the word they’re looking for is werewolf… These wolves have disproportionately long legs and are extremely shy around humans, although they tend to form bonds with other animals.

It literally looks like its head was cut off and it just stayed alive… like that.

Welcome, all Harry Potter fans… This shoebill is a large stork-like bird that lives in the swamps of East Africa, but wouldn’t look out of place on the grounds of Hogwarts.

You can find this crazy looking creature in Madagascar, where it spends the day tapping on wood in search of insects only to then use its giant finger to scoop its prey out. Freaky.

For some unfathomable reason, the naked mole-rat is also known as the sand puppy… It’s not like any puppy I’ve ever seen.

The Alligator Snapping Turtle.

And believe me when I say this, you do not want to encounter the jaws of one of these turtles.

They aren’t native to suburban areas such as Washington D.C… which explains why D.C residents had the shocks of their lives recently when they stumbled upon a sixty-five pound Alligator Snapping Turtle.

“Our Animal Protection Police (APP) received a call about a large turtle that was repeatedly crossing the road in a residential area of Alexandria,” the Fairfax County Police Department wrote in a June 15 Facebook post alongside pictures of the menacing-looking turtle. “Much to their surprise, it was a 65-pound alligator snapping turtle!”

These types of turtles are very unusual to the area…

“The ‘common’ snapping turtle is the species native to Virginia, while the alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages that flow in the Gulf of Mexico, east to Georgia and the panhandle of Florida, and westward to East Texas,” the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wrote on in a June 11 Facebook post.

And thankfully, the APP safely captured the large animal and transported it to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter before the county’s Wildlife Management Specialist arranged to transfer the turtle to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

And the zoo went on to rename him Yidaro.

But we’ll probably be having nightmares for quite some time now! For some more terrifying animal stories, keep on reading to see the mountain lion that was caught stalking children in a suburban area…