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Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:43am

Post Subject: What lives in our canals?

Ever since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of the late 1980s, there have been sightings of terrapins "the size of dinner plates" dipping in and out of English canals. The animals were native to Florida but they are just one of many alien species making their home in England. There is also increasing evidence that more unusual species are establishing colonies here, perhaps because of the warmer weather. So who are the aliens among us? "Dinner plate" sized or not, the sight of a terrapin emerging from a canal is hardly the stuff of nightmares. Sightings have recently been reported in the Erewash Canal on the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border, but the Midlands climate is not thought to be warm enough for them to breed. Those spotted were probably unwanted pets, bought at the height of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze, and dumped when they grew too large. They live for up to 40 years, and could have been swimming happily in the canals ever since. But the Canal and River Trust has launched campaigns to capture red-eared terrapins from a number of waterways, including most recently the Ashby Canal on the Leicestershire-Derbyshire border. Resources: news/uk-england-28896634 http://www.sciencecl http://www.drift


Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:45pm

Post Subject: What lives in our canals?

Personally I do not understand this topic. You pose an exceptionally general question in the title and then make a somewhat wordy statement containing three links (one of which looks faulty to me) with nothing to amplify the questions. Please reword your assertions so you have either a question to be answered or so as to invite discussion, whichever was your actually intention. If this is an up to date news item please email the editor directly. Tony Brooks

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