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Life Friuli Fens - Conservation and restoration of calcareous fens in Friuli

(1) Emys orbicularis - S. Zanini

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INVERTEBRATES

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FISHES

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AMPHIBIANS

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REPTILES

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Asp viper (Vipera aspis francisciredi)space
Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara carniolica)space
European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis)space
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BIRDS

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MAMMALS

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PHOTO GALLERY
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LIFE FRIULI FENS

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These animals are particularly related to natural environments where they can find hiding places and dens for the winter. They spawn eggs in slightly damp sites or between the remains of plant material (piles of leaves, twigs, grass).
The diet of resurgences reptiles is composed mainly of animal matter.
The lizards eat mostly insects, snakes added to this diet also fish, amphibians, lizards, birds and small mammals.
A reptile closely related to resurgences wet areas is the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis). It is about 15 cm long and feeds on aquatic invertebrates, fish and amphibians. Its eggs have a shell harder than other reptiles and are laid on dry land.  It is a species in the Annexes of the Habitats Directive and is included in the IUCN Red List of animals in Italy as a species with low risk due to the reduction of wetlands. In Friuli resurgences it is still common.
Among the lizards that frequent the edges of wet meadows and woods are the western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata), the wall lizard (Podarcis muralis), the common lizard (Zootoca carniolica vivipara) and the slowworm (Anguis fragilis).
Snakes are the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), the Western whip snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) and the strut (Zamenis longissimus), which reaches the larger size. In the ponds can be seen swimming the grass snake (Natrix natrix) and the tessellated snake (Natrix tessellata).  The only poisonous snake in the resurgence is the asp viper (Vipera aspis francisciredi).

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