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Mospriroda specialists counted 10 individuals.

In the Shchuchye Pond, located in the Kuzminki-Lyublino Natural and Historical Park, Mospriroda experts found 10 marsh turtles. It is not the first time that reptiles with a spotted muzzle have been encountered by employees and visitors.

After wintering at the bottom of the reservoir, turtles crawl out onto the shore or climb onto the trunks of trees growing near the water and bask in the sun for hours. They, like other reptiles, are cold-blooded animals, and ultraviolet rays are very important for vitamin D production and calcium metabolism. It is easy to photograph turtles while sunbathing, but it is not recommended to catch them. Reptiles can carry infections.

Over the years, marsh turtles were seen in the natural and historical parks “Tushinsky”, “Izmailovo”, “Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo”, “Moskvoretsky” and “Tsaritsyno” also in the rivers Yauza and Chermyanka, Stroginskaya floodplain.

In addition, red-eared turtles are found in the reservoirs of Moscow. They are distinguished by red spots on the neck. Reptiles were observed in the natural-historical park “Kuzminki-Lyublino”. However, the climate of Moscow does not suit them, their homeland is North America.

In the capital, 569 unique species of flora and fauna are included in the Red Book, and the marsh turtle is included in the supervisory list. Mospriroda’s specialists remind that domestic turtles cannot survive in the wild, so you should not release pets into city water bodies.

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