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

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