S.Portugal trip report! (Updated)

Click here to read the report from my trip to Southern Portugal last week. Hope you like it! In addition you can see more photos from this trip by clicking here

I have also noticed after some photograph inspection that we observed an additional species: European pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis) on our first day.

You can also seen a short video Carl made of a Fire salamander below:

And also a video of some Western spadefoot toads:

By Matt Wilson

Portugal trip

Well, we didn’t have a single drop of rain during our week in the Algarve, yet with some dedicated night searching and rock turning we still managed to find all 12 species of amphibians found in the area, together with some nice reptiles. Field report will soon be online!

Algarve fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra crespoi) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

Winter in the Algarve

In a few hours I will be setting off to Portugal, I have never visited the Algarve before so I am very excited about searching for herps there. Temperatures are quite favorable, not only for amphibians, but it would seem also reptiles. As mentioned previously the aim of this trip is to find amphibians, but I can never resist the chance to lift some ground cover to search for lizards and snakes 😉

Hopefully we will also have time to venture into S-W Spain (Andalusia), it would be especially nice to re-visit the Coto Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s most famous wildlife reserves. I was last there in 2008 with the Austrian Herpetological field team, we had a great time and saw some amazing species, click here to see some of my photos from that trip.

Next post should hopefully include some nice amphibian photos! 🙂

By Matt Wilson