Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: April 2010

Thankfully after my concerns last week it looks like my trip to Greece will go ahead as planned on 1st May. In addition to visiting Thrace and Limnos island (north Aegean), Ilias and I will be visiting the beautiful Prespa lakes for a couple of days in north-west Greece on the Albanian and Macedonian borders. This is one of the most diverse areas for herpetofauna in the entire country, rich in Nose-horned vipers… Read More

Here is a short clip of my friend Kevin Byrnes catching a beautiful male Horseshoe whip snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis) in Murcia province, S-E Spain. This snake is probably the most abundant snake species in this dry, arid area of Spain, and male specimens like the one in the video are characterized by their very dark colour and weak markings. Seeing this video brings back memories of finding these snakes myself quite regularly… Read More

I am still hopeful that the expedition to northern Greece with fellow Herpetologists Ilias Strachinis, Thomas Reich and Bobby Bok can go ahead as planned from 1st May. However if this doesn’t happen due to the continued disruption in European skies a visit to Symi (Greece) at the end of May may be a possibility. If so I will once again explore this barren, small, yet beautiful island in the Dodecanese sea with plenty of Ottoman… Read More

My trip to Spain was cancelled on thursday due to volcanic ash above Britain and now most of Europe, but not only this but my much bigger trip to Northern Greece on 1st May could well be cancelled also unless there is significant improvement in the situation in the next few days. Fingers crossed…

Finally after what seems to have been a long and troublesome winter, (by troublesome I mean in terms of allowing me to get out and see herps) I had a full day blessed with sunshine and little wind to search for some lizards and snakes. I spent the day out exploring with Andrew Gray , the curator of Herpetology (and my boss) at the Manchester museum. Upon arriving at some nice moorlands our… Read More

Yesterday with a nice increase in temperature I was able to see my favorite British herp, the Common toad (Bufo bufo) in considerable numbers within a moorland lodge, as well as the surrouding areas. As I visited the area in the late evening it was nice to hear many males calling from the edge of the water, and many toads were already in amplexus, some had even laid some strings of eggs. In… Read More

On 15th April I will be travelling to Murcia in south-east Spain for a long weekend, a place where I lived and studied two years ago. The aim of the trip is to catch up with some friends, but I can not visit the place without looking for some nice herps. Luckily that weekend a survey day will be undertaken in the north-west of the region to monitor the localised populations of… Read More