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Mavrobara lake

Mavrobara lake

Situated in Polichrono Mavrobara is a place or rare beauty and with major ecological importance. Situated 300m height and 3km from the main road. Monument of nature since 1998, by the Prefecture of Central Macedonia.

A sweet water lake with total epanse of 2.200 sq metres. It’s age goes throught the centuries. The lake was created by geological subsidence on land reclaimed from the sea. One myth connects Mavrobara with an underground stream. The calm waters give refuge to two rare species of water turtle that belong to the families “emydidae” “emys orbicularis” and “mauremys caspica”. the number of these species, have increased over the recent years and it is very encouraging for their evolution.

We can find the turtles in areas with some altitude. They are mostly active in day time and feed on small fishes, wich they find in the lake. They give birth to 3-16 white eggs (emys ordicularis) and 4-6 (mauremys caspica).

They hide them in the ground in shiny (warm) places to a depth of between 30-90cm. The incubation takes place during the summer. They live 10-15 years and the sex of the new borne is defined by the temperature of the environment.