Red Eared Terrapin
Chrysemys scripta elegans
These North American Terrapins are common in the USA and are now common in many parts of the UK sue to the indiscriminate and irresponsible sale of young terrapins to unsuspecting people by the pet trade here. Unscrupulous pet shop sales people have misled people for years about the suitability and long term problems of these large meat eating reptiles.
All of the 50+ terrapins that live wild in our large lake are ex-pets that have outgrown there little tanks and there welcome. Recently, but too late, a ban has been imposed on the import and sale of these terrapins because of the large feral population interfering with our native wildlife.
To adopt a Red Eared Terrapin for just £10.00
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