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Living wild in Keston

Observed: 19th May 2010 By: paul in hildenb...paul in hildenborough’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Terrapin living wild in Keston. Been here for 3 years to my certain knowledge.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Red-eared terrapins

These are, as Kluut says, red-eared terrapins, Trachemys scripta elegans. They are from America and were released into out waterways in the thousands following the Ninja turtle craze of the 1980s. In many places they have successfully survived and even bred. See the iSpot record below for more information on red-eared terrapins.

Stripe-necked terrapins are from Eastern Europe and have yellow, horizontal, parallel stripes around the whole neck not just on the underside as here. Also they rarely branch as they approach the head as in this case.

Graham Banwell

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Thanks everyone.
Good to know I'm not going mad.