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Observed: 28th May 2011 By: lynda07lynda07’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileslynda07’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Stripe-necked terrapin or pond turtle

I know these as stripe-necked terrapins or pond turtles and they are a hellish group! You have it down as a separate species M. rivulata, however, in captivity all the M. spp. apparently freely breed producing fertile offspring. The latest feeling as far as I'm aware (and this changes faster than I can write!) is they are all subspecies of M. caspica. Therefore, it would be M. c. rivulata.

On Lesvos it is nit-picking really because I think there is only one terrapin found, I've never been, but the distribution maps do not show the European pond terrapin Emys orbicularis on Lesvos.

Graham Banwell

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