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1st alligator snapping turtle in decades spotted in Illinois

1st alligator snapping turtle in decades spotted in Illinois

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A scientist searching for a young male alligator snapping turtle that was put in a Southern Illinois creek at least a year ago instead grabbed a 22-pound adult female, raising hopes for those trying to protect a creature that hadn't been spotted in the area for three decades. Illinois Natural History Survey herpetologist Chris Phillips called his finding of the turtle, at least 18 years old, a "move in the right direction" in the effort to save the state-endangered species. The discovery was chronicled in an article in this month's Southeastern Naturalist co-authored by Ethan Kessler, a graduate student of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois. "It gives us hope that reproduction is happening," Kessler said. Still, both Kessler and Phillips aren't quit...