Full name: Mauremys rivulata (Valenciennes, 1833)
River turtle


Middle size turtle with a shell that reach 30cm in bent length and 20cm in bent width. The carapace is rather low with an oval shape while females are larger in size than males. The shell has four lateral plates and 11 peripheral plates in each site. The carapace color is dark green to black. The neck and the limbs are dark grey to green-black and have light stripes.


She lives in healthy ecosystems of river, lakes and streams with rich waders vegetation and year-round presence of water.


Omnivorous species that feeds both with frogs, tadpoles and fishes and with waders vegetation.


Usually reproduction takes place during spring although in warm countries of middle east can be observed earlier. The species lay 4-6 elongated eggs in pits that the females open in the sand. Incubation last for 3-4 months.


Distribution in Cyprus:
Small populations of the species can be found in rivers in the area of Paphos and Nicosia.

Distribution worldwide:
Balkan peninsula, Aegean islands, western Turkey, Cyprus, Middle east.

Not particular common to rare.
Special protection:
Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003



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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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