Oh snap! Police capture 29kg turtle from Virginia suburb

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — A 29-kilogramme alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Virginia zoo after freaking out residents in a northern Virginia suburb.

The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police.

Not native to the area, the alligator snapping turtle is generally found in the wild farther south.

Animal control officers initially took Lord Fairfax to the county animal shelter, and then to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The fisheries folks said the turtle is just a juvenile and could eventually grow as big as 90 kilogrammes. They say the northern Virginia climate would have been too cold for him to live in the wild.

He will live instead at The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

This photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows the 29-kilogramme alligator snapping turtle in Alexandria, Viginia. PHOTO: AP