May 27th, 2012

both snakes

Interesting encounter in London

Spotted in a pond on a "nature reserve garden" in a small park near my house in London - I think this explains why I've never seen any amphibians in there. I was a bit astonished, given the occasional coldness of the British climate, but it's probably several years since we had enough sustained cold weather to freeze the pond:

Shell length about 4", I think. Almost certainly a red-eared terrapin.