Huge 'Alligator Snapping Turtle' Shocks DC Suburb | 22 Words

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

There are over 8 million species of animals on Earth, so it's no surprise that nobody has seen them all.

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.

Let's face it, nobody's got time for that...

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.

You'll be amazed that these sometimes very unsightly beings inhabit the same planet as us!

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!

Firstly, we have the Venezuelan Poodle Moth...

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.

The Glaucus Atlanticus...

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

A Dumbo Octopus...

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

How about a Red-Lipped Batfish?

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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.

Here's a Panda Ant...

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.

Next up is a Sea Pig...

via: Youtube

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.

A Superb Bird-Of-Paradise...

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.

Now we have a Pink Fairy Armadillo...

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

A Maned Wolf...

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.

A bizarre-looking Star-Nosed Mole...

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

Here's a Shoebill...

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.

An Aye-Aye...

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.

A peculiar Naked Mole-Rat...

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.

And finally for today's story...

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The Alligator Snapping Turtle.

This species of turtle is given its name due to its immensely powerful jaws and distinct ridges on its shell that are similar in appearance to the rough, ridged skin of an alligator...

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

Even though these huge turtles are native to the United States...

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.

The Fairfax County Police reported that they started to get calls about the terrifying creature and alerted animal control back in June of this year.

via: Facebook / Fairfax County PD

"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...

via: Facebook / Fairfax County PD

"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.

Officials believed it was a captive-bred turtle that was released into the wild...

via: Facebook / Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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.

There, they named him Lord Fairfax before he found a permanent home at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk...

via: Facebook / Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

And the zoo went on to rename him Yidaro.

Happy endings for Yidaro, of course...

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...