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  • Team finds first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984

    Researchers were surprised to find a rare, wild alligator snapping turtle in a creek in southern Illinois, the first found in the state since 1984.

    Researchers were surprised to find a rare, wild alligator snapping turtle in a creek in southern Illinois, the first found in the state since 1984.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Chris Phillips, call 217-244-7077; email caphilli@illinois.edu
    To reach Ethan Kessler, email ekessle2@illinois.edu.
    The paper “The first record of an alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) in Illinois in 30 years” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1656/058.016.0316