Mauremys rivulata

Common name: the Balkan Pond Turtle

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Syria, Turkey

Size: up to 210 mm

Description: head and limbs are greyish with yellow stripes; carapace is dark brown

Habitat: slow-moving and standing freshwater bodies with dense aquatic vegetation

Activity: diurnal, hibernation takes place from November to February

Diet: plants, invertebrates and small vertebrates

Reproduction: oviparous

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