RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two terrapins were dumped near the River Tawe opposite the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
The two slider terrapins, Trachemys scripta, were found in a DIY insulated wicker basket which was secured by tape. The basket was found by two workmen yesterday (Thursday 3rd March).
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Julie Fadden said: “These two terrapins appear to have been completely abandoned.
“Sadly, terrapins are often dumped when they become too large or difficult to care for, even though this is irresponsible as it can cause them suffering. It may be that people dump them because they can live a long time and grow fairly large – these two are the size of a dinner plate.
“We’ve nicknamed them Cyril and Ossie, after the football and rugby mascots.
“They have now been transferred to an exotics specialist and are doing really well.
“Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
The RSPCA is experiencing widespread neglect of exotic animals across the country. For many people an exotic animal represents too much of a commitment.
Terrapins, also called ‘sliders’, require a large (around 400 litres), heated tank and a dry area supplied with a heat lamp and ultraviolet light as well as a varied diet to prevent metabolic bone disease and remain healthy. Owners may not realise how costly and time-consuming caring for these animals can be when they purchase one.
The growing number of exotic animals being kept has unfortunately meant that more are being abandoned to the wild. It is an offence to release a non-native animal into the wild under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.
Anyone who may have information about these terrapin should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.
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