Huge alligator snapping turtle found in drainage culvert - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Men rescue huge alligator snapping turtle that was stuck in drainage culvert

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A wrestling match pitting a courageous man against one monster of a turtle unfolded in a drainage canal, but it was for the animal's well-being.

It happened off Hoo Shoo Too Road in Baton Rouge and the massive alligator snapping turtle still looked a bit troubling even after it was tucked inside a kiddie pool. Its head is as big as a football.

"You're looking at about a four foot long turtle," said Martin LeBlanc.

Travis Lewis first spotted the creature when peeking into a canal near his driveway.

"It looked like a log," Lewis said. "So, I took a closer look and it was a big ole turtle, so I jumped up screaming and hollering for Martin to come help me."

"I thought something had him," LeBlanc explained.

"I'm like, ‘Martin, come help me! Come help me,'" Lewis added.

"I didn't know what was going on," LeBlanc said.

"I'm sorry, man (laughs)," he added.

What looked like a log to Lewis looked like something much different to his buddy.

"I'm from Pierre Part. I was thinking dinner!" LeBlanc explained.

However, they soon figured out the huge turtle in trouble.

"He was wedged in a culvert and one of our friends actually climbed in the culvert and pulled the turtle out. He was wedged in real tight," LeBlanc said.

After a 45-minute struggle, they had it free. They quickly spread a word of warning to stay clear of its head.

"Because once it latches on to you, it's not going to let go. It's almost like an alligator. Once it latches on to you, it's going to take whatever it bites with it," Lewis added.

The men have decided a big turtle soup is not on the menu. They're going to set it free once they find a spot that's big enough.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Lake Area health agencies offering free HIV testing today for National HIV Testing Day

    Lake Area health agencies offering free HIV testing today for National HIV Testing Day

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 6:01 PM EDT2017-06-27 22:01:47 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Today marks, National HIV Testing Day and free HIV testing will be available to the public on Today, June 27 in Lake Charles. To bring awareness to this health crisis, both SLAC and SWLAHEC have partnered to provide free rapid HIV testing.  Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (196 Williamsburg Street, Lake Charles) and SLAC’s Resource and Wellness Center (808 Walters Street, Lake Charles) will take walk-in appointments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locat...

    More >>

    Today marks, National HIV Testing Day and free HIV testing will be available to the public on Today, June 27 in Lake Charles. To bring awareness to this health crisis, both SLAC and SWLAHEC have partnered to provide free rapid HIV testing.  Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (196 Williamsburg Street, Lake Charles) and SLAC’s Resource and Wellness Center (808 Walters Street, Lake Charles) will take walk-in appointments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locat...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and storms likely each afternoon through Friday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and storms likely each afternoon through Friday

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 5:19 PM EDT2017-06-27 21:19:50 GMT
    Typical summer weather for the rest of this weekTypical summer weather for the rest of this week

    A stationary front is dissipating over our area now and will no longer be an influence on our weather beyond today.  Today was more of a typical summer day with showers and thunderstorms scattered across all of Southwest Louisiana.  Showers and thunderstorms were widespread across the area today and these will linger into the early evening hours.  The rain will come to an end after sunset and should be gone completely by 10 p.m. 

    More >>

    A stationary front is dissipating over our area now and will no longer be an influence on our weather beyond today.  Today was more of a typical summer day with showers and thunderstorms scattered across all of Southwest Louisiana.  Showers and thunderstorms were widespread across the area today and these will linger into the early evening hours.  The rain will come to an end after sunset and should be gone completely by 10 p.m. 

    More >>
  • Mucho Bueno hosting eating contest for charity

    Mucho Bueno hosting eating contest for charity

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-06-27 15:52:18 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    Fundraising and food, those are the two key factors in this weekend’s taco eating contest at Mucho Bueno Mexican restaurant in Sulphur. 

    More >>

    Fundraising and food, those are the two key factors in this weekend’s taco eating contest at Mucho Bueno Mexican restaurant in Sulphur. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly