Tortoises & Turtles

Balkan (Stripe-necked) Terrapin

Mauremys rivulata

Lesvos, Greece - May 2006

The Stripe-necked Terrapin has numerous English names, including Balkan Pond Turtle and Balkan Terrapin, and is an abundant species that was photographed here basking on the pond margins and wet drainage ditches around the inland lake at Kalloni on the Greek Island of Lesvos. It occurs throughout the eastern Mediterranean.

Lesvos, Greece - May 2006