Invasive species of turtle caught on deserted streets of town under lockdown in Spain’s Costa Almeria

LOCKDOWN EFFECT: The Guardia reported an increase in sightings of both native and exotic species of animals in urban areas since the state of alarm came into force CREDIT: Guardia Civil

AN exotic, invasive species of turtle is in safe hands after a resident of Balerma spotted the creature wandering down one of the town’s streets.
Guardia Civil handed over the semi-aquatic Florida Galapagos turtle to the Arco amphibian and reptile conservation centre in Taberno.
The Guardia said the species is catalogued in Spain as representing a serious threat to native species.
The Guardia also reported an increase in sightings of both native and exotic species of animals in urban areas since the State of Alarm came into force due to the lack of human presence, reminding the public to call 062 to deal with any incidents.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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