Just then Alex saw something in the road up ahead. It looked like a big gray rock. But it was a funny place for a rock to be.
And then, as Alex watched, the rock started to move.
When he rode his bike up to get a closer look, he saw that it wasn’t a rock at all. It was a large turtle creeping its way across the road. It had a bony, beak-shaped mouth and a long, jagged tail. Alex knew right away it was a snapping turtle.
He also knew not to get too close. He had read that a snapping turtle has a powerful bite even though it doesn’t have teeth. It could even bite off someone’s finger. He stood at a distance and watched the turtle lumber over the road.
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a car approaching. The turtle was still only halfway across the road. Alex knew he couldn’t pick it up to move it safely to the grass. What could he do?
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