Meet ‘Chonkasaurus,’ the snapping turtle sensation | USA TODAY

A giant snapping turtle spotted in the Chicago River is gaining internet popularity, even earning the nickname 'Chonkosaurus.'

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"Great to see this beast thriving here on what was once such a toxic river, but is slowly getting cleaned up & restored," Joey Santore, who shared video of Chonkasaurus on Twitter, wrote in the post. "Somebody planted a bunch of native plants up the river from here, too. I can only wonder this thing's been eating."

In his post, Santore included hilarious commentary about the surprise sighting as he kayaked along the river and chatted with another person about the giant reptile.

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