An angler pulled a huge alligator snapping turtle out of a lake in Birmingham!
Shell-Shocked Angler Catches Giant Turtle - Yahoo! News UK
The pet trade in these has a lot to answer for They are bad enough selling all the red eared sliders and saying "they'll only go as big as the tank". At least the RES pose no threat to the UK wildlife.
I get people asking me questions through my website about leopard and sulcata tortoises and I always advise that they don't buy one because of the size they get to. 80% of the time I get another email months down the line "Oh yes we bought a leopard because the pet shop said they only stay small... but now it's winter and we can't afford it's heating bills so please will you find it a new home"
It really depresses me how irresponsible a lot of the people in the pet trade are in the UK Thankfully there are a handful that are responsible but the vast majority (and I speak from experience, I get at least 3-4 emails a day from people all over the country who have been mis-sold things for their reptiles through pet shops) are not
I'll stop moaning and get off my soap box now!