I’ve spent the past 12 days helping my biologist friend Ilias Strachinis (www.herpetofauna.gr) monitor some of the high mountains of Greece as well as doing DNA sampling on some species. This involved travelling large parts of the country and exploring some mountains previously never monitored for herpetofauna. This allowed me to see my first new species for several years, namely the Greek meadow viper (Vipera ursinii graeca). Furthermore, during days off in Thessaloniki we had some exciting snake rescues in the city which gained the attention of the local media. All in all a very fun trip! Photos can be seen here.