Turtle found in Darley Bridge

SNAPPING TURTLE: A snapping turtle was found by a family in Darley Bridge.
SNAPPING TURTLE: A snapping turtle was found by a family in Darley Bridge.

A SNAPPING turtle was found by a family in Darley Bridge.

The RSPCA has issued a warning after the North American turtle – with a bite strong enough to sever a finger – was discovered by resident Don Needham at his Ivonbrook Close home.

He said: “Initially we thought it might be a strange breed of tortoise but when it made a snap at the sponge I was using to clean the mud off it’s shell it quickly became clear what it was.

“I phoned the RSPCA who advised that it was dangerous and to keep it away from children and to be very careful when handling it (I had put it in the sink in the utility room to keep it from escaping).”

An RSPCA inspector, who gingerly put the turtle in a cage, speculated that it may have come from a nearby pond (on Enthoven’s land) which had recently dried up.

Mr Needham added: “He also informed me that these things have a strong enough bite to sever a finger and that we was very lucky not to have been injured. I believe it has now been re-homed in an aquarium.

“This may not be the only North American snapping turtle out there so it may be worth reporting this and to give the correct advice if anyone does come across any others.”