October=Menorca

My final trip of 2010 in October will be to the island of Menorca, with a specific target that I missed in Majorca: the Algerian false smooth snake (Macroprotodon cucullatus). After years of correspondence, I will finally be doing a trip together with Jeroen Speybroeck, Jan Van Der Voort and the Belgian HYLA team, as well as Dutch friend Bobby Bok and new Maltese friend Leonard Zammit. Although this trip is dedicated almost entirely to a single snake, some other species new to me will recieve much attention, such as the Moroccan rock lizard (Scelarcis perspicillata) and the Italian wall lizard (Podarcis siculus). While other favorites of mine such as the Stripeless tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), Balearic green toad (Bufo viridis balearicus) and Ladder snake (Rhinechis scalaris) will eagerly be on the herping menu 🙂

By Matt Wilson

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