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two species of terrapin at Butrint, Albania


    We now have been to the archaeological website of Butrint—a UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the southern tip of Albania—twice, in 2010 and 2017. Fascinating as this historic Greek, Roman, Byzantine after which Venetian metropolis is, there are different delights. The flooded basements of the ruined buildings that have been deserted within the late Center Ages are residence to 2 of the three species of terrapin in Europe, the European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis) and the Balkan Terrapin (Mauremys rivulata). Judging from the numbers of animals current they appear to be thriving. In 2010 most have been within the water however in April 2017 when it was pleasantly sunny within the morning, nearly all have been basking.

    That is the video of the terrapins I made in 2017:

    I’ve adopted the nomenclature within the area information* on the Balkan Terrapin (or turtle to these readers in North America) each within the widespread identify, Balkan, and scientific identify, Mauremys rivulata. These conversant in the reptiles of Europe will realise that it was identified extra broadly as a subspecies the Caspian Terrapin, Mauremys caspica rivulata however about twenty years in the past that species was break up. Certainly, the IUCN Purple Listing nonetheless has its widespread identify as Western Caspian Turtle.

    *Speybroek J, Beukema W, Bok B, Van Der Voort J.2016. Discipline Information to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe. London: Bloomsbury.