Did the turtleman die?

No! Ernie Brown Jr, better known as Turtleman, is still alive and is the star of the Animal Planet show Call of the Wildman.

Turtleman has been diving into Kentucky ponds in search of snapping turtles for nearly 40 years. He snagged his first snapping turtle when he was seven-years-old and hasn't stopped since! At age 17, he caught a monster snapper weighing close to 55 pounds, his biggest yet. Now, Turtleman catches about 300 turtles a year and has been injured 33 times. According to his estimates, he has caught over 12,000 turtles in his lifetime.

Watch Turtleman in action on Animal Planet's Call of the Wildman Sundays at 10 pm E/P!

Updated on Thursday, September 06 2012 at 07:54PM EDT

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