Gainesville, FL (CBSMiami) — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently caught a 100-pound Suwannee alligator snapping turtle, a new species that lives in the Suwanee River, was among three of the massive reptiles they recently captured.
According to a FWC Facebook post, a 100-pound male, a 64-pound male and a 46-pound female were found in traps set in the New River, a 31-mile-long tributary of the Santa Fe River, north of Gainesville.READ MORE: Colonial Pipeline returns to 'normal operations' after restart
“The New River is a blackwater stream with low biological productivity, so finding a large turtle in such a small stream is unusual,” said the Facebook post.READ MORE: Disney World changes mask requirements for guests
FWC added it is collaborating with researchers in Florida and Georgia on the new species, “to document the distribution and relative abundance of this state threatened species.”
FWC believes the turtles are between 40-80 years old.MORE NEWS: Petition Calls For Atlanta Public Schools To Reverse Early Bell Change Schedule