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Mammals

Eighteen mammal species (Class Mammallia) have been established at Poda.

One of the most interesting creatures is the Etruscan Shrew (Suncus etruscus) - the smallest mammal on the Earth with weight up to 2 gramms and reaching the size of a beetle. Poda is one of the very few sites of occurence of this rare and little known mammal in Bulgaria. 

In the 1950s the Coypu (Myocastor coypus) appeared in the area. This American species has been breed in Bulgaria in fur farms, later it was released into the wild Nature. At Poda it found favourable conditions, though in winter months its population is self-regulating.

The Otter (Lutra lutra) is also a mammal living at the Protected Site, and its traces can be seen at many parts of the banks and the beach. Sometimes these animals can be seen early morning at the canal connecting the Black Sea and the Mandra Reservoir.

Several species of bats are found at Poda Protected Site. The Common Noctule (Nyctalus noctula), Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) and Greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) are amongst them. Bats are poorly studied group at Poda and with more extensive research there will be more species found here.