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Turtle sp. in Enfield (London)

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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 16:29   #1
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Turtle sp. in Enfield (London)

I was out today & saw the terrapin basking on the tree trunk. When I returned with my camera this brut of a turtle had joined it.
Can anyone please confirm the ID of it?

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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 18:17   #2
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I can't, but ye Gods!!!!

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I was thinking Common Snapping Turtle. Certainly was big!
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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 19:14   #4
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It's a Snapping Turtle (most likely Common) and something that should really be removed by specialists if at all possible. Voracious predators that eat just about anything and can reach considerable sizes even in our climate. We had one on my local patch a few years ago that was caught by an angler.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/...ock-for-angler

Certainly not something you want to go paddling around

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A quick internet search suggests that records / recoveries seem to be remarkably common. I recall Terrapins being ten a penny in pet shops when I was younger but not Snapping Turtles. I'd only ever come across them in collections and it makes you wonder how widespread they were in the specialist pet trade.

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A lot of the ponds & a few slow moving rivers near me have terrapins in them. I was just shocked to see something this large in Greater London.
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Indeed! Thankfully not something you come across every day!
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That's one hell of a turtle to be lurking around a London pond! Agree with previous IDs of Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine). The Alligator Snapper (Macroclemys temminckii) is even more of a beast.
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