Sun, sand and Ottoman vipers…a great week in Lesbos!

me whip snake

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 last rain was the beginning of June! So the first five days were very hard going with not too many species found, however a thunderstorm on the 6th day allowed me to find some nice species on the final day off the trip, including a giant Ottoman viper (Montivipera xanthina) of around 120cm sat basking on an embankment as I was cycling along. More about that to come….

2 responses to “Sun, sand and Ottoman vipers…a great week in Lesbos!”

  1. Hi Matt, sorry I couldn’t make this one.Looking forward to the next instalment and catching up with you in the field sometime.

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