10/03/2014 08:40 GMT | Updated 10/03/2014 08:59 GMT

Alligator Snapping Turtle Misreads Farewell Kiss & Latches Onto Man's Top Lip. Ouch (PICTURES)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And this is no exception.

Yup, it’s a guy with an alligator snapping turtle hanging off his top lip.

According to Rex Features, the poor chap had attempted to give it a goodbye kiss before releasing it when it opened its jaws and chomped down.

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Farewell sweet turtle

Having endured several minutes with an amorous snapping turtle hanging off his face, the reptile finally loosened its grip and detached, sending him scurrying to hospital for stitches.

Alligator snapping turtles by the way, are referred to as the "dinosaurs of turtle world" thanks to their spiked shells, beaklike jaws and thick, scaly tail.

They have no natural predators other than - you guessed it - humans.

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Seconds from disaster

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