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European Pond Turtle

(engl: European Pond Turtle)

Hard shell soft core! 

The shell covering the soft body parts is formed as part of the bone skeleton. They are covered by horny scales. In imminent danger, the turtle hides back in its shell where it is protected from predators. 

Egg, egg, egg! 

European Pond Turtles live in freshwater. Like all turtle species they lay their eggs ashore. The female digs a hole near the water and put the eggs in it. Then they cover their nest with soil and leave the eggs to hatch in the sun. 

Europäische Sumpfschildkröte, Foto: Norbert Eberth
Verbreitungsgebiet: Europäische Sumpfschildkröte
Verbreitungsgebiet: Europäische Sumpfschildkröte
Wissenschaftl. Name Emys orbicularis
Größe 12-20 cm
Gewicht 400-700 g
Fortpflanzung 9-15 Eier; Schlupf nach 80-120 Tagen
Verbreitung Europe, North Africa
Lebensraum shore , schlammige brackige Gewässer
Nahrung snails, Crabs, small vertebrates, Carrion , Insektenlarven
Bestand highly endangered
Lebensdauer bis zu 100 Jahre