The animal, called the “Alligator Turtle,” is native to the swamps of Florida in the United States, and has armor-like shells, which give it an appearance resembling prehistoric dinosaurs.

According to Sky News, after several sightings, Denise Chamberlain was able to catch the turtle and deliver it to a veterinarian.

Dr Dom Mole said he was "really surprised" when Mrs Chamberlain brought the turtle, as he had not expected such a type of turtle to be found in England at all.

He added: "Maybe its owner got rid of it after realizing the difficulty of taking care of it."

Alligator turtles are animals that feed on fish, frogs, small mammals and even other turtles. They can reach a length of one meter and weigh up to 90 kilograms.