'Extremely aggressive' turtle found dumped in a box in Dartford

News Shopper: "Extremely aggressive" turtle found dumped in Dartford "Extremely aggressive" turtle found dumped in Dartford

An "extremely aggressive" turtle was found abandoned in Dartford yesterday (March 25).

The animal was discovered in a polystyrene box on Hawley Road at 5.45am and it is not known where he came from.

The common snapping turtle - measuring 14in long and 10in wide – was rescued by staff from Dartford-based Artesian Rare Breeds.

Manager Wayne May told News Shopper the animal would not be re-homed because of his volatile nature and it could have "devastated" local wildlife whilst on the loose.

Mr May said: "He's extremely aggressive which is common behaviour for this species.

"He will stay at our rescue for life as we feel there unsuitable to re-home and would advise anyone not to abandon these and contact a suitable rescue to care for them.

"If this turtle found its way to a water course it could have been devastating for the local wildlife depleting ponds such as frogs and newts.

News Shopper: "Extremely aggressive" turtle found dumped in Dartford

"His current diet is fish and raw meat including prepared frozen reptile food, his lifespan will average at 30 years."

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