Terrapin Help

Do you need to find a new home for a pet terrapin?

Or are you looking to adopt a pet terrapin?


We love to look after terrapins and turtles, but we understand that there is a limit to how many turtles you can have in one home!

We also understand that terrapins and turtles live for a long time, and sometimes our circumstances can change during the time that we are looking after a pet turtle.

What is important to us here at terrapins.co.uk is that we do the best to look after our pet terrapins and turtles, so that if you find your circumstances have changed, and that you can no longer look after your pet, then it is important to try to find a good home.

Unfortunately, many unscrupulous pet owners have attempted to place their unwanted pets into the wilds of nature, but this is not a desirable outcome, either for the poor animal or for the environment. Don’t be cruel to you pet terrapin!

Look After your Pet Terrapin

In many parts of the world, terrapins are not native, and may even be classed as a pest, due to their nature of displacing the native animals in a particular region. So if an unwanted pet is released into the wild, and is subsequently found or handed over to the authorities, it will often be euthanized, as wildlife officers will not know whether it is a pet or a feral animal. So it is cruel to the animal to just release it.

Look After the Environment

Don’t be irresponsible to the environment.  As we have just discussed, many domesticated animals are released by non-thinking owners, and these animals can multiply at the expense of the native populations of animals. This is irresponsible to the environment, and the results can be quite dramatic.

If the released animals create a breeding population, say in an enclosed pond, this might not seem like a major problem. Until a flood happens to release the now established breeding colony into a nearby river, whereby the feral animals can proceed to inhabit and colonise the entire waterway. It does happen.

Don’t let this happen!

Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Be a responsible pet owner and do the right thing, both for your unwanted pet terrapins or pet turtles. Find a new terrapin home! We understand that circumstances can change, and we want to help you find a good solution of you should need to find a new home for your pet terrapin. We frequently receive emails from concerned animal lovers who have either found a lost terrapin, or who may be moving house or some other change in circumstances.

Thankfully, we have even been able to find a new home for some of these beloved little pet terrapins, so we encourage you to contact us here at terrapins.co.uk, and we can post your message and contact details in the hope that someone looking to acquire a pet terrapin can adopt one.

If you need to find a new home for your pet terrapin – please contact us by email! Please let us know your approximate location details so that we can match you up with a potential new home somewhere nearby!

Can you adopt a pet terrapin?

Likewise, we implore anyone looking to buy a terrapin or turtle, to consider re-homing or adopting a pre-loved pet, rather than purchasing from a pet dealer who may not have the best interests at heart. If you are in any way able to provide a home for a tame and attractive little pet terrapin, then we encourage you to scroll through some of the notices provided below, to see if any potential pets suits your requirements.

Once again, thankyou for being a responsible per owner.

Notice Board:

Terrapins and Turtles looking for a new home


  • we really loved our two terrapins but as my son is in university in France and we will in the future move to a smaller place we won’t be able to keep them as they need to be in a large tank. These are 2 yellow bellied terrapins, one male and one female measuring approximately 16 cm. You will find pictures attached. They are located in Wembley, north west of London.Yellow sliders yellow bellied terrapin

          Thanks, Nathalie









turtle rehoming

  • Hi – We have had our Red Eared Slider for 47 years! and now at the age of nearly 77 myself, we are looking at re-homing – with some reluctance I have to say…  I hope to find another devoted and enthusiastic keeper.  






    Although it is a real commitment and considerable amount of work, understandably I am concerned that our little fella goes to a loving caring home that doesn't mind the need to keep the water clean and give him/her the TLC he deserves. 

He (or she) is about a pound in weight and 4" x 6" shell size.

Looking forward to keeping in touch from time to time.

John S.

Bedford (60miles N of London).



  • Hi,  We have 2 musk turtles about 15 years old that we rescued from a garden centre ice cream tub 14 years ago. We are now moving to a smaller house and have no room for the large tank and are looking for someone to help rehome the terrapins. We have a large 4ft heated tank, dock, lamp, large Fluval external filter pump and various pieces including food we would donate with them. Are you able to help locate a nice home, or someone that will help?  Regards, Dave.



  • hi we are Bowbridge Vets in Stroud Gloucestershire, we have a 4 year old terrapin which was found walking down the street. after a couple of weeks and advertising we have had no luck tracing the owner, we are having great difficulty trying to find a rescue centre to take it of our handsand try to rehome it.  Would you know anywhere local to us who would be able to offer her a home.kind regards Natalie


  • Hi – I have recently taken over as an animal unit manager in a college. We have 2 large terrapin pools and 3 terrapins. Unfortunately I am having problems. The 2 males (YBS) were living together but the larger one constantly harasses the smaller one. I have tried putting one in with the female to give him a break but then he harasses the female (RES) and is biting her. I honestly think the best thing to do is re-home one of the males and perhaps swap one or both of them for female RES which could all live together in peace.

          Kind regards – Helen


  • Linda from London: “I have two terrapins for about 20 years I am finding it hard to give them the care they need and the space and really need them to go to a good home I live in London”


  • Hello there we have a terrapin and it's quite big.A friend of my husband gave it to us we find it quite hard looking after children and  a pet was getting too much so we are thinking to rehome without it was very hard to find someone to take him thank you.


  • Hello. I have 2 yellow sliders. They are 20cm and 7cm. I need to rehoming them as I'm  moving abroad. Could you please help me or give some advice?  Many thanks


  • Hi, I live in Fulham, London, and I have two terrapins. A yellow belly who’s just to big and a smaller diamond back I believe. I don’t have any of the correct stuff. Just want them to be better off with someone who knows what to do correctly.

    Thank you – Tyler


  • Anita from London:  Hello i am looking to rehome my 3 year old musk turtle, would you be able to help?


Previous Success Stories:  Turtles Find a New Home!

  • Just want to say thank you so much for all your efforts in finding my musk a good home, i was worried it may fall into the wrong hands but thankfully Ozzie has given it a lovely new home with his other 2 musks, so i am very grateful for the job you do, thank you,

          Warmest regards


  • Good Evening.  My roommate recently gave me a surprise gift…a turtle.  I have attempted to take care of it for the last 3 months but the work load is just too much for me and I am not really sure what to do.  I want to get rid of it, and I have posted on several sites such as gumtree but have been unable to locate a new owner.  I do not really want to just release it into the wild but I honestly do not know what other options are available.  Do you know of any organizations that would take it as a donation? I want the turtle to have a good life and a competent owner, but I just personally do not want to take care of it anymore.  Any information you have would be extremely helpful.

  • Happy to say that youi help find a new home for my pet terrapin.  I am so pleased that we finally found someone who wanted to take the little guy in.  They were incredibly excited so I think it is a win win situation for all. Thank you for your assistance. 

          Kind Regards Adam





  1. Anna Matos Melgaco


    We have three turtles.

    Pepinho is quite agressive and kept in a turtle tub on his own. He is a yellow bellied slider but as a male he's not that big and he is happy in his turtle tub.

    However, Happy is a female yellow belly and has always shared a tub with Shnappy who is a small male map turtle. They always got on fine over the last 3 years, but now she has started to bite him, taking some of his nails off. My guess is that she is frustrated in that space as females get quite large.

    I'm not sure what the solution is as we don't have space for another turtle tub to separate the. Do you know anyone who is interested in a yellow belly or a map turtle?




    • Hi Anna,

      Thank you for being a responsible pet owner and for being observant about your pet’s behaviour! Even though it appears to be bad behaviour, and picking on the smaller animal in the aquarium. Have you tried the two male turtles together? I doubt it that it would work any better, but it might overcome the trouble for a while!
      If nothing else works, will certainly do our best to find a suitable home for your pet!

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