2010 in pictures

Well, I have to say that 2010 has been my best year so far for my interest in Herpetology, many new findings for me, including some rare species such as Majorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) in Majorca this summer, finding a Greek adder (Vipera berus bosniensis) on a snow covered mountain in northern Greece, and of course many rare amphibians during my first ever trip to the tropics in Costa Rica.

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

I will keep many special memories from 2010 with me forever, such as seeing so many Ottoman vipers (Montivipera xanthina) in north-eastern Greece in the spring, finding a giant Sand Boa (Eryx jaculus) and seeing dozens of Eastern spadefoot toads (Pelobates syriacus) on Limnos as well as seeing 11 Algerian false smooth snakes (Macroprotodon cucullatus) in Menorca. Possibly the greatest highlight was spending several nights in the rainforest on the CRARC reserve owned by Brian Kubicki, and being able to see three Splendid leaf frogs (Cruziohyla calcarifer) in the wild, something very people will ever be able to do.

The rarest snake of 2010: Greek adder (Vipera berus bosniensis) (C) Matt Wilson

Besides the fantastic animals I have been able to see in the wild this year I have been very fortunate to have great company along with me on my travels so I would like to thank the following people who have joined me and helped me find the animals I’ve been searching for: Greece (May): Bobby Bok (NL), Thomas Reich (SW), Ilias Strachnis (GR), Majorca (July): Kev Byrnes (UK), Suzanne (UK), Samuel Pinya (ESP), Menorca (October) Bobby Bok (NL), Jan Van der Voort (B), Gijs Damen (B), Peter Engelen (B), Anniek Aerden (B), Jeroen Speybroeck (B), Leonard Zammit (MT), Costa Rica (Nov/Dec): Andrew Gray (UK), Brian Kubicki (USA). I’d also like to thank Carl Corbidge (UK) who I have joined numerous times in the field in the UK this year and who will be coming to both Portugal and Corfu with me in 2011.

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