Caspian Pond Turtle

Caspian Pond Turtle
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Scientific Name:  Mauremys caspica

Identification:  The low, oval carapace is tan to olive or black with yellow to cream-colored reticulations patterning the scutes. Its has a slight medial keel (better developed in juveniles) and a smooth, unserrated marginal border. A pair of low lateral keels are present on the pleural scutes of hatchlings, but these become lower with age and disappear completely in adults. The posteriorly notched plastron is either yellow with variable reddish to dark-brown blotches, or dark brown or black with a yellow blotch along the lateral scute borders. The head is not enlarged, and is olive to dark brown with yellow or pale cream-colored stripes. The neck, limbs, and tail are tan gray to olive or black with yellow, cream, or gray stripes or reticulations.
Range:  Mauremys caspica are found in the middle east in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran, north into Eastern Europe, through Turkey, on the islands of Cypress and Crete, into Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.

Diet: They have a very wide ranging diet, and must be in the water in order to eat. They readily take turtle pellets, earthworms, cut fish and meat. They also love insects and shrimp, and even pick at some greens. 

Mauremys caspica occurs in almost any permanent freshwater body within its range. It also lives in irrigation canals and is quite tolerant of brackish water. The Caspian turtle may occur in large populations in certain areas, especially in permanent water bodies. In temporary waters, it is forced to aestivate in the mud in summer, and the more northern populations hibernate during winter. It often basks, but disappears at the least disturbance. Many are killed each year by humans who obtain their eggs to use in treating ubiquitous eye ailments




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