We have large numbers of terrapins brought to us, varying sizes and species. We even have contacts with several country parks and wildlife organisations who bring us terrapins they find.
It is illegal to release terrapins into the wild but this does not stop hundreds being released into the local enviroment.
These poor little turtles were brought to us by a lady whose son was given them by a friend at school. The water they had been kept in was fouled and they both had infected eyes due to this. The small tank in the pic is the one that they had been kept in with no filter, heater or lighting.The lady upon looking up what these animals need responsibly decided that she couldnt keep them so brought them to us. We are used to larger animals but luckily had all the equipment for setting up a bigger better equipped tank for them. We treated their eyes with antibiotic medication and now both are happy, healthy and thriving with us.
Note the sore and bulging eyes. Basking on their new island
Their new tank with Uvc lighting filter and heater. Now with healed eyes.
We are keeping these turtles to show people the size difference, between babies and adults. These red eared sliders can get to the size of dinner plates if there girls, or side plate size if males. At this size they need large tanks with large efficient filter units and all this equipment costs money, which is why these animals are dumped when larger.
About 6 months later, once these two turtles had doubled in size,we recieved two more turtles from the boy who gave the above two turtles to his friend.
His mother told us that they didnt know how to look after them. These had fared even worse, even though kept better than the first two they had'nt been fed properly and were half the size of the 2 I already had, even though they were brothers and sisters, born at the same time.