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Henderson police issue warning about snapping turtles

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Posted at 7:21 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 16:32:06-04

HENDERSON, TX — The Henderson Police Department posted on Facebook Monday afternoon about an alligator snapping turtle near in Henderson.

The post introduced the turtle as "Snappy" and cautioned people passing by to leave the turtle alone because... he will bite.

According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, areas affected by recent flooding are more prone to sightings of this specific turtle.

To identify an alligator snapping turtle, Texas Parks & Wildlife notes they will have a triangularly shaped head, a pointed nose and a pronounced hook in their beak. These turtles also have three rows of sharp ridges on their backs.

If an alligator snapping turtle is sighted, people are encouraged to text a photo and the location to Parks & Wildlife at 281-302-8033.