Back from Majorca

Well here it is, the reason I went to Majorca: Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis).

Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) (C) Matt Wilson

It was exhausting work in 35C heat, but we found most of the animals we were after on the island, which surprised us with its beauty away from the tourist resorts. Report will soon follow once I’ve caught up on my sleep…

By Matt Wilson

Sa Dragonera islet, Majorca

Here is a short video clip I made today of the amazing Lilford´s wall lizards (Podarcis lilfordi) found on the off shore islets of Majorca. We also visited two other islets yesterday with melanistic (black) populations of this beautiful lizard.

By Matt Wilson


Soon I’ll be off to the Spanish island of Majorca, I have already been told that a considerable amount of luck will be needed to find the species I’m after here due to the prolonged summer drought and high temperatures. Its going to be a tough one to find a Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) or the secretive Algerian false smooth snake (Macroprotodon mauritanicus) but I’m going to give it my best shot! Thankfully some of my other targets, such as the endemic Lilford’s wall lizard (Podarcis lilfordi) should be relatively easy…

By Matt Wilson