SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — The Suffolk County SPCA is trying to figure out how an alligator snapping turtle ended up on Long Island.
Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA said the 25-pound turtle was found over the weekend by a father and son who were fishing in a stream near the famous Smithtown Bull statue off of Northern Boulevard.
The abandoned reptile is powerful enough to bite off toes or a part of someone’s foot, official say.
Gross said these reptiles are not indigenous to Long Island and are typically found from eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle. The turtle’s discovery he says is a “perfect example” of people getting rid of reptiles they illegally own.
The SPCA has rescued several reptiles from homes on Long Island.
In 2013, more than 850 snakes were recovered from a Brookhaven animal control officer’s home.