While still considered a species of least concern, the European pond turtle drawing represents a species that has been disappearing from places where they were once common. It’s a wonderfully sized drawing from 1856. It was included in the multi-volume work Encylopedia d’histoire Naturelle by Jean-Charles Chenu (1808-1879) of France.
These fresh-water turtles are considered medium-sized running from 12 to 38 cm length. Their shells are typically brown with a bit of green and yellow.
Our European pond turtle drawing was probably an engraving done in simple black and white without colorization. I’ve removed the yellowed paper background and now there’s a nice white background for you to use in your own endeavors.
The drawing is shown here in a slightly smaller size to fit the page. If you wish to access the largest size, simply click on the turtle image below.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.