Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: October 2009

Here is a report from my holiday in Lesbos (Lesvos) from 8th- 15th October. Although a very beautiful island the conditions were not in my favour, but nevertheless I hope you enjoy some of the photos. The report will also soon be posted on the European Field Herping Community (EFHC) Matt

Here is a photo of me with a Caspian whip snake (Dolichophis caspius) which I caught just as I arrived at my hotel on Lesbos. This snake is one of the largest European species reaching a length of 250cm, although my specimen was quite alot smaller than this! Unfortunately as I arrived on the island I soon became aware that the Autumn rains had not arrived, and according to the locals the… Read More

After several months of very little field work I am very excited about my trip to Lesvos this week! Unfortunately it seems that the Autumn rains have not yet arrived which means my task of finding the elusive Eastern Spadefoot toad (Pelobates syriacus) will be made even more difficult. Furthermore the lack of rain will make finding all other reptiles and amphibians generally harder, however I am hopeful that at some point… Read More