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A case of Emys orbicularis (L.) feeding on newts from Bulgaria

Vladislav Vergilov https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7464-2263; Angel Dyugmedzhiev https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3765-7076; Sylvia Georgieva https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1203-6946; Miroslav Slavchev https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2426-8875

16 September 2021 · volume 43 · (issue 2) · pp. 25–27 · PDF [full text]

Abstract: Different amphibians and amphibian larvae were already observed and described as part of the diet of the European pond turtle. Few studies report body parts from adult newts in the stomach content of Emys orbicularis (Linnaeus, 1758) or newts predated by the same pond turtle species. We observed remains of Triturus dobrogicus (Kiritzescu, 1903) and Trituris ivanbureschi Arntzen & Wielstra, 2013 eaten by E. orbicularis inside funnel traps, which strongly suggests, that newts are part of the diet, although not typical and often eaten food by this pond turtle.

Keywords: feeding, pond turtle, predation, protected area, traps, Triturus

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Vergilov V., Dyugmedzhiev A., Georgieva S., Slavchev M. 2021 A case of Emys orbicularis (L.) feeding on newts from Bulgaria. Historia naturalis bulgarica 43: 25–27.

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