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Red-eared Terrapin (Trachemys scripta)

Observed: 24th July 2013 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Testudo family
Description:

I saw this dead tortoise on the shore of a lake. I have never seen any others in the area. There is, however, a tortoise sanctuary a few kilometers away. Could a bird have taken it and dropped it from a height? Or what else could have killed it?

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BruceH's picture

How did it die?

Any idea how it may have met its end?

Amadan's picture

They tend to suffer

Persecution from Homo not-entirely-sapiens, especially the juveniles of that species.
Some birds of prey do drop them from height to split the shells, but I don't know if they occur in that area.
Introduced (i.e. abandoned, usually) animals often quickly exhaust the local food supply, then starve, having wreaked serious environmental damage in the interim. This happened a lot after the first "Mutant Ninja Turtle" craze, and I believe a sequel is imminent.