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Bill - to Turtle Is Perfect Gift GRAND TOWER, 111 (AP)...
to Turtle Is Perfect Gift GRAND TOWER, 111 (AP) -Here is a gift for the man has everything a $20,000 snapping turtle Jesse Grammer, a furniture store operator in this Mississippi River village, has kept the 169 pound snapper as a pet June 1960 when it was caught by fishermen in the nearby Big Muddy River Grammer, who bought Big for $15, said the turtle is for sale The turtle's appeal as a tourist attraction and his rare size make him worth $20,000 Grammer said Despite the tales of savage ness usually surrounding snapping turtles, Big Bill has been generally peaceful -- except when he is not fed on schedule, Grammer said The 56 inch turtle can open mouth 10 inches, and his jaws are powerful enough to crush log Grammer said the turtle will consume six pounds of fish at a meal, and dmes only months out of the year Grammer, former mayor of Grand Tower, said he is no longer able to tend his store find time to haul Big Bill to fairs where he frequently is In demand as an exhibit.

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  1. The Edwardsville Intelligencer,
  2. 26 Jul 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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