wmccauley's picture

Red eared terrapins basking

Observed: 24th March 2012 By: wmccauley
Merseyside BioBank
wmccauley’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileswmccauley’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
IMAG0027
IMAG0025
Description:

Shell up to 25cm in length. The red eye stripe was visible to the eye but these photos were taken on a mobile phone and I could not get close enough to get much detail.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Rags's picture

Terrapins

Can't really see from your photos but if you noticed a red eye stripe these are almost certainly Red-eared Terrapin (Trachemys scripta).

Released as unwanted pets which is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).

Amadan's picture

Bad news -

There is reported to be another Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles film in the pipeline. I suspect this might lead to another rash of abandoned pets when people realise that they have a nasty bite. Most of those in the UK were a by-product of the first phase of this franchise.

wmccauley's picture

Bad news for some time

These two animals are just a few of the terrapin population in this pond. Three years ago, prior to the two severe winters we had, there were at least twenty resident. There seem to be fewer now, but some are so large they seem unable to lift themselves from the water onto the bank.

Their presence has conincided with a dramatic decline in mallard ducklings produced each year.