This big guy was photographed through the glass wall of a tank at Ijams Nature Center. These turtles are formidible creatures with incredibly strong jaws and long, sharp claws. Alligator Snapping Turtles have a worm-like projection it their mouth which they use as a lure to attract fish, when the fish comes up to investigate --- SNAP!!!; instead of getting a meal, they become one! An old legend says that once a Snapping turtle clamps down it won't let go until it hears thunder.