An incredible story comes from Rome, where a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) was found in a private garden in Capena, a municipality on the outskirts of the capital.
It is an animal classified as dangerous to public health and safety, and in fact it is not possible for a private individual to keep one in the home. Its bite is in fact very dangerous, the authorities warn, even capable of severing fingers.
Invasive snapping turtles causing havoc in Rome's outskirts. Unpredictable and dangerous, especially around children. Authorities concerned.
The dangerousness of this animal was also confirmed by a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, which showed that the jaw strength of a snapper ranges between 208 and 226 Newtons, while that of a human's molars ranges between 300 and 700.
Native to North America, now invasive worldwide. Prefers stagnant waters with vegetation. Can be found in Rome.