Not Your Pet Store Turtle

If you’re thinking South Dakota critters, you’re thinking antelope, prairie dogs, buffalo, deer and mules, right? How about a 17-foot long ocean going turtle…?

Talk South Dakota wildlife and you’re talking pheasant, deer, buffalo, prairie dogs and mule Polly. But that’s today.

But how about what back when, like 75 million years ago? Well way back then (paleontologists call it the Late Cretaceous Era), South Dakota was under water – flooded by a sea that stretched 1000 miles from the foot of the present day Rockies east almost to the Appalachians.

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