The cistude is a carnivorous freshwater turtle, which has its largest French population in the Cherine nature reserve near St Michel en Brenne in the Brenne regional natural park. After hibernating through the winter in the muddy lake bottoms, the female turtles leave the water in June to lay their eggs in sandy ground above water level. The mortality rate of the young turtles is very high, but the adults can live for up to 100 years!

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