Terrapins at Tar Lakes

Sue Morton writes:

We were surprised to see something rather unexpected on the old tern raft at Witney Lake a couple of weeks ago….

It looked like a turtle, or a terrapin (it was quite a long way away) enjoying the sunshine.  We weren’t 100% convinced that was what we had seen, until we saw another one sunning itself on a partly submerged log at Tar Lakes later the same day, and got a better look at it.  The Lower Windrush Valley Project, who manage Tar Lakes, get reports of terrapins from time to time.  Apparently they are usually released pets, but don’t breed as our climate is too cold. According to the Canals and Rivers Trust, their eggs need to be incubated at 25 degrees Celsius for around 60 days in order to hatch.

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