The following transcript is of an odd story that appeared on page 2, column 3, of the April 12, 1873 issue of the Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, a newspaper published in Clarksville, Tennessee: (Access source): “A strange monstrosity was born on
Are turtle-sheep hybrids possible?
The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world, is native to the southeastern U.S., including Tennessee. It reaches weights of at least 300 pounds and so, at least conceivably, would be capable of mating with a sheep. However, the authenticity of this disparate cross has never been verified.
The mere fact that this cross is so distant would be enough to convince many people that it is impossible and that the report above must be a mistake or hoax. After all, sheep and turtles belong to two different vertebrate classes, Class Mammalia and Class Reptilia, respectively. However, there is, in fact, quite a bit of evidence that interclass crosses do occasionally occur.