The 65-pound alligator snapping turtle now lives in the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. The police found him going around a residential area in Northern Virginia.
The turtle named as Lord Fairfax roamed around the residential the Alexandria area, the Fairfax County Police reported.
Animal control officers first took Lord Fairfax to the county animal shelter. Later on, they handed him to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Authorities said the alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages that flow in the Gulf of Mexico. It is in the east to Georgia and the panhandle of Florida, and westward to east Texas.
While it is already weighing 65 pounds, the juvenile is still young as the animal usually exceeds up to 200 pounds when it is already an adult.
Native snapping turtles in Virginia belonging to Chelydra serpentina only weigh about 50 pounds.
Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said residents can only keep turtles as pets unless they will provide adequate care for them.
While many turtles can live a minimum of 50 years, they can slowly die due to freezing and starvation. Northern Virginia has a cold climate.
Further, authorities said the turtle was likely captive-bred, thus, cannot be released in the wild.