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Emys orbicularis (European Pond turtle)


Wikipedia Abstract

The European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), also called the European pond terrapin, is a long-living freshwater species of turtle.
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Emys orbicularis eiselti (Turkey pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis fritzjuergenobsti (Spanish pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis galloitalica (Southern pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis hellenica (Greek pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis ingauna (Italian pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis occidentalis (African pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis orbicularis (Common European pond turtle)
Emys orbicularis persica (Caspian pond turtle)


Clutch Size [2]  9
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Incubation [2]  90 days
Maximum Longevity [3]  120 years
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams
Diet [1]  Carnivore


Protected Areas

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Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caucasus Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey No
Irano-Anatolian Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Turkmenistan No
Mediterranean Basin Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey No

Prey / Diet

Crocothemis erythraea (Scarlet Dragonfly)[4]
Procambarus clarkii (red swamp crawfish)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Botaurus stellaris (Eurasian Bittern)1
Merops apiaster (European Bee-eater)1


External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
4Feeding habits of the European pond terrapin Emys orbicularis in Camargue (Rhône delta, Southern France), Dario Ottonello, Sebastiano Salvidio, Elisabeth Rosecchi, Amphibia-Reptilia 26 (2005): 562-565
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0