They're called 'snapping' turtles for a very good reason, but this hapless animal lover just had to find out the hard way and ended up in hospital.The Chinese man was reportedly releasing the ferocious-looking creature into the wild but decided he had to give it a goodbye kiss first.
Unfortunately the love was not exactly requited and the snapping turtle did what snapping turtles do and snapped him on the lip.
man, from Fujian province, was left with the turtle dangling from his
face refusing to release its powerful, pincer-like jaws.
Eventually the animal was prized away from the unfortunate man who was immediately rushed to hospital.
A friend then posted the picture on the internet to warn people of the dangers of kissing snapping turtles.
to the the Shanghai Daily the animal appeared to be an alligator
snapping turtle which are native to North America and known to be highly
They are the largest freshwater turtles in the world
and can grow to more than half-a-metre in length and live to be 160
But they are most known for their powerful jaws which are strong enough to bite through a broomstick handle.