Lord Fairfax, 65-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle, Found Reigning Over Suburbia

Everyone greets Lord Fairfax.
Fairfax County police tweeted Monday that they found a 65-pound alligator snapping turtle near a pond in a residential area of ​​Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington.
The majestic creature was eventually called "Lord Fairfax".
According to local police, the animal control department received a call for "a large turtle" trying to raise taxes on farmers. "Much to their surprise," they found the massive baby dinosaur instead.
Fairfax County Police Department

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Our animal welfare police recently received a call for a large turtle in a residential area of ​​Alexandria. To her great surprise, it was a 30 kg alligator snapping turtle! Find out more at:
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Our animal welfare police recently received a call for a large turtle in a residential area of ​​Alexandria. To her great surprise, it was a 30 kg alligator snapping turtle! Further information can be found at: https://t.co/RtHz4aJ5qP #FCPD pic.twitter.com/qgYFRmUyMS
- Fairfax County Police Department (@FairfaxCountyPD), June 15, 2020
Virginia Wildlife and Inland Fisheries Department officials said in a Facebook post last week that the tortoise, because it is not native to the region, is likely to have been raised in captivity and released into the wild by well-meaning pet owners. Alligator snapping turtles can be found in river drains that flow into the Gulf of Mexico and have been spotted in the Panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and East Texas.
Local authorities stressed that the turtle was quite happy to be found. Because of his domestic upbringing, the reptile overlord "would most likely have had a slow death" because he was frozen or starved. The post also points out that Lord Fairfax has found a new home at the Virginia Zoo, where he will hopefully be able to rule fewer creatures who lack the proper British titles.
After photos of Lord Fairfax's aristocratic splendor were shared on Twitter, users quickly promised their loyalty.
Thotton Mather
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I give my loyalty to Lord Fairfax
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Authorities found "Lord Fairfax", a 65-pound alligator snapping turtle, near a pond in a residential area of ​​Alexandria
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- Thotton Mather (@ThottonMather), June 16, 2020
Gaydolf Twitler?
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Let Lord Fairfax down the bitch
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The 65-pound alligator snapping turtle "Lord Fairfax" wandered through a residential area in Alexandria
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- Gaydolf Twitler? (@GaydolfTwitler) June 16, 2020
Derek Young

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Your zoning laws are meaningless to Lord Fairfax.
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- Derek Young (@DerekMYoung), June 15, 2020
And although the size of the turtle seems pretty colossal, experts said Lord F. was a "youngster" and could end up weighing 200 pounds.
According to National Geographic, adult male alligator snapping turtles typically weigh 175 pounds, but could tip the scales at 220. And they add weight by using a really unique hunting technique.
"His tongue has a bright red, worm-like piece of meat that, when shown by a motionless turtle on a river bottom, draws curious fish or frogs close enough to be kidnapped."
Good sir.
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