UPDATE: Terry the Snapping Turtle doing fine and attracting well wishers!
Since Terry the Common Snapping Turtle was plucked from the deep mud at Brooklands Park Lake last week she’s become quite a celebrity.
Workers dredging the lake as part of a clean-up of the much-loved landmark spotted Terry slithering in the mud and plucked her to safety before the diggers moved in during the freezing temperatures last week.
Thanks to the owners of Littlehampton Exotics Terry was given a warm aquarium to begin her thaw out and is currently in quarantine. Common Snapping Turtles are native of North America and cannot be left in the wild in the UK. It is likely she was abandoned by a pet owner and was burrowing into the Brooklands mud to hibernate.
Common Snapping Turtles are well named having ferocious jaws which can take off a human finger.
Since the Council posted about Terry thousands of readers have logged onto our Facebook page to read about her exploits. And many others have travelled to Littlehampton Exotics to catch a glimpse of her. Unfortunately Terry is in quarantine and not receiving visitors at present but is otherwise doing nicely.
Once recovered it is likely she will be sent to a sanctuary for exotics.
Read all about Terry’s discovery here: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/news/pr18-043.html