After my first visit in May 2016 I spent another fantastic week in Slovakia last week where I found a nice amount of amphibians and reptiles in mostly pristine mountain habitats. Great place! Click here to visit the page.
My first Adder (Vipera berus) from Slovakia
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.