MOSH celebrates Tonca's birthday

By Jennifer Waugh, The Morning Show anchor, investigative reporter, jwaugh@wjxt.com
Published On: Jul 08 2014 10:37:46 AM EDT

Tonca the alligator snapping turtle turns 48 years old. He lives at MOSH.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Tonca is turning 48 years old. The alligator snapping turtle is a favorite among visitors to the Museum of Science and History.

This Saturday will be the only opportunity to see the reptile out of his habitat.

MOSH is having a birthday party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be games and crafts, and the public can mingle with critters from the Florida Naturalist's Center.

Birthday treats are available too. Emmet (pictured), one of MOSH's gopher tortoises will play party host. Emmet visited "The Morning Show" on Tuesday. He looks good, considering he's 70 years old.

You will also have a chance to see the snakes on display at the museum. My co-anchor Bruce Hamilton teased me for not holding the corn snake that visited the studio. As you can see, with some courage, I picked up the reptile.  Fun!

The best time to see Tonca this Saturday will be during his annual checkup with the veterinarian at 2:30 p.m. He will only be out of the pond for 15 minutes so don't be late.

Tonca weighs 172 pounds and has a powerful bite.

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