Mauremys caspica

Common name: the Caspian Turtle

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan

Size: up to 250 mm

Description: head and limbs are grey to olive with yellow stripes; carapace is tan to olive with yellow reticulation sometimes with yellow vertebral stripes

Habitat: permanent freshwater bodies, irrigation canals and brackish water

Activity: diurnal

Diet: plants, invertebrates and small vertebrates

Reproduction: oviparous

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