This morning I visited my local adders again and I was amazed that the males had still not sloughed their skins! Most people I know who visit different areas, have seen freshly sloughed male adders for weeks now, even at places much further north than where these adders live. All I can put it down to is the local climate here and the fact that there is cloud cover for the majority of the time these snakes are active. Two females were basking late on in the sunshine when the males had retreated.
2017 Adder diaries has been updated.
After a visit to one of the few adder sites left in my local area on Saturday I made the following post on my Facebook page which I thought I would share here too.
I have since been informed that several of the three to four different photography groups have shared the location of these particular adders on their Facebook pages and websites. This is the single biggest contributor to the huge increase in adder disturbance.
Things have been quiet on the blog as the British winter confines me to the house most weekends as well as extra responsibilities undertaken in my current job role.
However, you can expect regular updates from my interest in herpetology further into 2017 with some very exciting plans head, one in particular may allow for my blog to be updated with interesting observations and photographs on an almost weekly basis. But more about that at a later date…
For now, I will be heading to Hungary next week for a birding trip with Carl Corbidge as it will be far too cold to see amphibians or reptiles. Perhaps in early summer I will go to my girlfriend’s homeland of Slovakia for a second visit and have some additional time to look for amphibians and reptiles after I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there last year. Click here to read my short trip report from Slovakia last year.
I’ve put a short report of our trip to the island of Epano Koufonissi last week. Being such a tiny island there are not many species present but we saw some nice things while there on holiday. Click here or the picture below.
Gertjan has written a report from our trip in August to Morocco. I am very grateful as I don’t feel like I need to write my own. Carl has also published a report from the trip, both can be viewed by clicking on their names.
Although I have had some great trips abroad this year, herping closer to home has been very disappointing with over half of my local adders vanishing probably due to them drowning during hibernation from severe floods. So I was very pleased to find this newborn baby adder whilst out last weekend as it was trying to cross a small country road. Despite the weather being suitable I couldn’t see any adults around apart from a female which had sadly been hit by a car. This will probably be my final adder observation of the year as I don’t get out as much in the autumn due to a busy work load.
I also decided that the webpage needed a new name to reflect the evolution of my interests in Herpetology as my future plans do not solely involve visiting European destinations. Therefore, Amphibian and Reptile Travels now seems more appropriate than The European Amphibian and Reptile Blog. The content of the site does remain very much the same for now.