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Terrapin spotted in Avon
11:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
IT was less turtle power and more terrapin terror in the river Avon when a fisherman visiting the area came across this creature on a fallen tree.
The animal, which is believed to be a red-eared terrapin, was spotted by Pawel Wiatkowski while he was fishing at Chadbury Meadows, near Fladbury.
But despite appearances, the small animal, which is not native to the area, could cause lots of problems for local wildlife.
Wendy Carter, from the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, said: “Their popularity as pets increased immensely a few years ago when the cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit our screens.
“They were bought when small and many people didn’t realise how much they’d grow – many were taken and released illegally around the country.”
The little terrapins will eat everything from frogspawn, dragonfly nymphs, fish to ducklings and moorhen chicks. Mr Wiatkowski, of Stratford, said it was the first one he had seen in the wild.
“I visit a lot of places and I change every half and hour,”
he said. “I was at Chadbury Meadows. There was a large tree laying into the river and I went up it and was fishing from it.
“After a couple of minutes I realised there was something by my feet.
“It amazed me. If it can survive a winter it could cause trouble. I think it is ridiculous that people can’t look after pets and let them go in the wild.”
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