Some clips from Greece

As I wait impatiently for my trip to Majorca, I thought I would share with you a few short video clips I made whilst in Greece this May. Whereas some videos where I present the animals were made for the Manchester museum’s Herpetology blog, I made these shorter films of the animals themselves for my blog. All of the videos were filmed in HD, so by clicking on the videos setting you can view them in high definition.

Eastern Spadefoot toad (Pelobates syriacus) walking rather than hopping from Thrace, Greece:

Three Yellow-bellied toads (Bombina variegata) breeding, Thrace, Greece:

A Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) having breakfast in the early morning, Thrace, Greece:

A Glass lizard (Pseudopus apodus) basking in the early morning sun, Thrace, Greece:

The release of a large Ottoman viper (Montivipera xanthina):

By Matt Wilson

Mid summer update

While my herp friends Jeroen Speybroeck and Bobby Bok are embarking on a 4 week herping trip across Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy), I haven’t been out in the field since the end of May and as you can imagine I am itching to get out somewhere and search for herps. Its just over three weeks now before my trip to Majorca, despite reports of a heatwave on the Balearic islands I am still hopeful for finding some of my targets, especially Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis), Lilfords wall lizard (Podarcis lilfordi) and the Algerian false smooth snake (Macroprotodon mauritanicus), which I am assured still shows up in the hottest of weather owing to its arid, north African origins.

Plans for the Autumn are still very vague, Menorca or somewhere else in Spain or a Greek Island are some of the ideas thrown around so far. Autumn trips can always be risky, if there hasn’t been sufficient rain to bring nature back to life after the long, dry, Mediterranean summer results can be very poor, like my Lesbos trip last October. If I fail to find Macroprotodon mauritanicus on Majorca, then its neighbour Menorca would probably go to the top of my list for the Autumn. We’ll see….

By Matt Wilson