Rebel Yell - Rare Harmony Kingdom Alligator Snapping Turtle
Peter says that he wishes all creatures were as interesting as the alligator snapping turtle. It has very powerful jaws which can or cannot snap a broom handle in half (depending on which article you read). Its longevity is also unclear. One old reference book states the oldest known alligator snapping turtle was 58 years, 9 months, and 1 day when it was accidentally killed at the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens in 1949, but other articles suggest it can live much longer. The same book also mentions a 403 lb. specimen caught in the Neosho River, Kansas. The largest verified turtle is only 236 lb.
The best story about this turtle is that it was once used to find a corpse in a lake. A man in a boat had the turtle on a long line. When the turtle stopped moving, it was because it was feeding (need we say more)! The interior of this box figurine shows a turtle with an arm in its mouth, a visual depiction of the above story.
The words “Bale” and “Dole” refer to the group name for turtles. Neosho River and 403 lbs is written on the lid. The initials C.J.T. reference the Dutch zoologist, Coenraad Jacobus Temminck, who had the turtle named after him (the scientific name for the Alligator Snapping Turtle is Macrochelys Temminck). These turtles lie on the lake bed and wait for prey to be attracted to the worm-like appendage in its open mouth. . . then snap.
Carving Date: 2007 - Release Date: 2/06/2008
Fixed Edition - Edition Size: 500
About 2" wide, 3.75" long, 2.25" high
Made in UK
In-house stock photos. - As with any hand-painted product, item received will be similar but unique.