Emys orbicularis

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image003Emys orbicularis – European Pond Turtle. There is no direct information about numbers of Emys orbicularis in Latvia. About fifteen sites with repeated verified records are known since 1960-ties located in southern and central parts of the state; some of recorded were juveniles indicating that species can successfully reproduce there. Present in several Natura 2000 territories, although none of them are established especially for this species. No Emys orbicularis conservation measures have yet been specified for any of present Natura 2000 territories with approved Territory protection plans. However, Emys orbicularis have approved Species Protection Plan where species records and general information on recommended conservation actions are described.