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Mississippi man finds giant alligator snapping turtle, sets county record

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Talk about a big boy.

A Mississippi man found a huge alligator snapping turtle, while conducting research on the reptiles.

Luke Pearson caught the turtle in Lamar County. The prehistoric-looking reptiles weighed 62.8 pounds, setting a new county record, according to the Mississippi Museum of natural Science. It is the largest caught this year.

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“Luke is conducting surveys for alligator snapping turtles in Mississippi, with funding by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the MDWFP, the Mississippi Museum of natural Science,” the museum said in a Facebook post about the catch. The MDWFP is the state’s department of wildlife, fisheries and parks.

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Pearson, according to the local station WLBT, is a student at the University of Southern Mississippi. He dropped the turtle back into the wild after the conquest.

Separately, in Georgia, a family to call the local authorities this week after spotting a huge alligator sunning itself in their front yard.

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