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A morning visitor to myt garden after breakie.

I was sitting in my livingroom chair, watching a classic, fav sci fi movie on TV waiting for lawn to dry out after last night's rain. Looked out when I saw movement right through the window in front of me. Never have I seen such a huge turtle in the wild! First time I've ever come along one in the city, actually.  His shell was easily 10" or longer from front to back. As one would expect, he tucked his head in when I went around frontfor a closeup of his head.

Judging by the bits of vegetation debris and mud on his shell, he must have been living underneath my neighbor's rear garden border trees and shrubs. Her lawn service was weed-whacking her garden perimeter quite awhile before his appearance. Poor little guy. Hope he finds a cozy home somewhere soon. :)

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  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,485
    How cool! Glad it's safe now in your garden away from the weedwhackers.
    Wearside, England.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738
    edited May 2021
    Hope he’s found a safe home now. 😊 🐢 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Looks like a Terrapin to me.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Wow! You won't see that in southern England!
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,527
    You will do in the midlands though. Terry the terrapin  lives at Forbes hole nature reserve in Long Eaton, and more the size of dinner plates live in the River Trent near to Sawley Marina. It is thought that they were the result of people having the inch size ones in tanks that then grew too big, and they released them into the wild.  Mutant Ninja turtles has a lot to answer for.
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