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    Default Who ate all the ducks? ... Meet Snappy, the 20lb Ninja turtle

    When he was released from captivity 20 years ago, he was only a nipper.

    But after munching his way through two decades of pond life - including countless fish and unsuspecting ducklings - this turtle has emerged as a 20lb monster.

    His nickname is Snappy, his modus operandi ruthless.

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    A whole lotta turtle: Head warden Denis Manning lifts 20lbs Snappy

    Lurking in the depths, he spies young birds then uses his razor-sharp beak to drag them under and devour them.

    Such is his size and insatiable appetite, wardens at Caldicot Country Park in South Wales deemed him a risk to visitors and decided to move him from his pond to a new home.

    Snappy - a common snapping turtle - is thought to be a legacy of the craze for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the comicbook reptiles who became screen stars in the 1980s and 1990s.

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    A baby alligator snapping turtle: This would have been Snappy 20 years ago

    Snappy's pond: The hungry turtle has eaten most of the ducklings, fish and even snails

    Young fans were given them as pets, only to release them into the wild when they had outgrown the cute stage.

    At 29in long, Snappy is thought to be one of the biggest specimens of his kind outside his native U.S.

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    Good natured: As long as he's got plenty of food

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Snappy was bought as a present when they were all the rage. And Snappy's favourite food... duck

    Head warden at the park, Denis Manning, said: "I first saw him about 17 years ago. He is king of the pond and will eat anything he fancies.

    "He has a particular fondness for ducklings and is like a vicious submarine.

    "He'll just float under the surface and then jump up to take them off the top."
    Snappy's new home is a turtle sanctuary in West Wales. "We are arranging for him to be collected and checked over by a vet before he moves into his new home."

    Who ate all the ducks? ... Meet Snappy, the 20lb Ninja turtle | the Daily Mail

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    What a mean little thing.

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    A turtle's gotta do what a turtle's gotta do!
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