This is an alligator snapping turtle that lives in a tank just inside the front door at Heckrodt‘s nature center. This is a very large turtle that is probably about 2 feet long. It hardly moves at all. They even have a sign on the tank that says “This turtle is alive” because usually when you look, it is not moving. They live in southern USA.
It eats fish, and it has a really neat way of catching fish. It has a tongue that looks like a worm. It even wiggles around like a worm. So the turtle just sits there with its mouth open, and it doesn’t move at all except for its tongue. Then when a fish swims by, it sees the tongue and goes for it. When that happens, SNAP! At Heckrodt, they have goldfish that swim around in the tank with the alligator snapping turtle. I haven’t seen the turtle eat a fish yet, but while we were there on Saturday some other people saw it eat one.