THIS tiny terrapin, which was spotted sunbathing at a quiet point near Marsh Lock, may
THIS tiny terrapin, which was spotted sunbathing at a quiet point near Marsh Lock, may appear cute.
But in fact, it‘s the opposite. These carnivores have a voracious appetite and can quickly grow much larger than the 25cm this one has reached. They will also give you a painful nip if you are not careful.
The terrapins are an invasive species and there is a constant effort throughout Britain to eradicate them from our waters.
Those found in the wild are most likely former pets that have either escaped or have been thoughtlessly (and unlawfully) abandoned by their owners.
Fortunately, our climate is probably not warm enough to encourage the terrapins to breed, so let‘s hope this one didn‘t get too much sun!