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Mississippi River

Nicknamed Ol’ Man River, the Mississippi got its name from the Native American Ojibwe words meaning ‘Great River’ and rightly so. The largest river system in North America, the Mississippi flows through 10 states and is the world’s fourth longest river. Since the 1500s, the mighty Mississippi has been home to more than 400 wildlife species, human communities and hosts a few hundred thousand migrating birds every year.

See this great waterway come alive at River Safari. Watch out for the pre-historic looking river monster, the alligator gar.

 

Alligator Snapping Turtle

This primitive scavenger and hunter has the second strongest jaw and bite in the entire animal kingdom...

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Alligator Snapping Turtle

This primitive scavenger and hunter has the second strongest jaw and bite in the entire animal kingdom. It’s a great actor too. Lying motionless in the water during its hunt for fishes, it baits its prey by wriggling its thin tongue to mimic a worm. When a prey comes into position, it snaps its jaws with incredible speed and force, killing its prey instantly. This living fossil is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and can weigh a hefty 80 kilograms.

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