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A reptile in search of freshwater wetlands
The European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) constantly needs freshwater wetlands for both hibernation and summer. Discreet and fearful, it looks for calm and sunny environments whose bank vegetation guarantees security against its terrestrial predators. The reptile, therefore, occupies streams, rivers, and muddy bottoms with abundant aquatic vegetation that provides it with food and shelter. An identical natural habitat has been recreated at the Village des Tortues of Carnoules in the Var department.
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