|Ritter Spring's alligator snapping turtle|
"Both Kara Warren and I were sure of what we were seeing. Finally, after some six years of my trying to get photo verification documentation, MDC has verified from the below photo that there are alligator snapping turtles at Springfield – Greene County Park Board’s Ritter Springs Park."
This makes Ritter Springs Park unique in its natural habitat as it already contains federal endangered gray bats and Missouri bladderpod.
Alligator snappers are rare in Missouri. They are up for review for the “Concern List” in Missouri as well as being up for review and nomination to the Federal Endangered Species List. They are a protected species in Missouri.