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Abandoned snapping turtle is rehomed

A common snapping turtle native to Canada and the U.S has been rehomed after being abandoned in a box on a street in Kent.

Abandoned snapping turtle finds a new home

A common snapping turtle usually found in countries like Canada and the United States has been rehomed after being abandoned on a street in Kent.

A member of the public who discovered the turtle boxed up on a roadside in Dartford described it as a "type of dinosaur".

Local animal charity Artisan Rare Breeds has now taken in the 14-inch-long male animal and it will live there for life. The turtle has not yet been given a name.

Its director Wayne May said: "It's really unusual to see one of these on the loose. They can be quite dangerous as pets, you don't just buy one of these.

"It was probably abandoned after outgrowing someone's living environment."

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