Wintering Underwater

Now the days are short and the weather cold the terrapins have all retreated to the bottom of their ponds for the winter where they bury themselves into the mud. Here they enter a torpid state as their body slows down greatly reducing their oxygen requirements. As soon as the temperature rises they will emerge to bask and feed. 

Amongst those overwintering outisde are the European pond turtles, a relatively small species and one of the few freshwater turtle species that occurs naturally in Europe. As well as Europe they are found in in north Africa and parts of Asia. Despite this wide distribution they are listed as a near-threatened species mainly due to water pollution.

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