Man catches second alligator snapping turtle in Caddo Lake

Man catches second alligator snapping turtle in Caddo Lake
(Source: Gary Kempf)
(Source: Gary Kempf)
This turtle weighed 114 pounds (Source: Gary Kempf)
This turtle weighed 114 pounds (Source: Gary Kempf)

(KSLA) - The man who pulled up a 100 plus pound alligator snapping turtle has caught a second turtle at Caddo Lake.

Gary Kempf caught the second 100 plus pound alligator snapping turtle just 8 days after catching another turtle.

The first catch was made near Uncertain, TX when Kempf and his three friends found the turtle on their trot line. Such turtles are known for their powerful jaws and ridged shells similar to the rough-ridged skin of an alligator. Kempf says he caught four alligator snappers last year

Alligator snapping turtles live exclusively in rivers and stream drainages that flow down into the gulf Caddo Lake has tributaries that feed into gulf, which is why you see them there.

Such turtles are a protected species in Texas, meaning you cannot collect the turtles, and must return them to the water. It's advised to contact a game warden to help you return it back to its home.

Kempf released the turtle back into the lake.

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