Although I have had some great trips abroad this year, herping closer to home has been very disappointing with over half of my local adders vanishing probably due to them drowning during hibernation from severe floods. So I was very pleased to find this newborn baby adder whilst out last weekend as it was trying to cross a small country road. Despite the weather being suitable I couldn’t see any adults around apart from a female which had sadly been hit by a car. This will probably be my final adder observation of the year as I don’t get out as much in the autumn due to a busy work load.
I also decided that the webpage needed a new name to reflect the evolution of my interests in Herpetology as my future plans do not solely involve visiting European destinations. Therefore, Amphibian and Reptile Travels now seems more appropriate than The European Amphibian and Reptile Blog. The content of the site does remain very much the same for now.
Myself, Carl and Gertjan just returned from a fantastic trip to southern Morocco. We had a number of highlights, including Puff adder (Bitis arietans), White-bellied carpet viper (Echis leucogaster) and Desert monitor (Varanus griseus). Click here or on the sidebar to be directed to the photo gallery.
I’ve just returned from a visit to the Dodecanese island of Symi, one I have visited many times before. This was not a herping trip as at this time of year the island is one of the hottest places in Greece with temperatures close to 40 degrees. Instead I spent time with friends and spent most of the days at my favourite beach. I did do a couple of searches and found some interesting species, above all the hardest species to find on the island: the Levant Skink (Trachylepis auratus). Please click this link to visit the gallery.
Next week off to Morocco with Carl and Gertjan and then back to idealic Epano Koufonissi in the Cyclades in October for a secluded retreat.
A short trip report from beautiful Slovakia is now online. Click here or on the image below to read it and see the photos.
In terms of other trips myself, Carl Corbidge and Gertjan Verspui will visit Morocco in August (think being in a frying pan!) and then I will likely return to the Dodecanese islands in late July to see friends and do some herping.
So we’ve just returned from a successful 12 days in the Osa peninsula in south-western Costa Rica. Although there was always some risk of missing certain species at the end of the dry season (which turned out to be true), we found a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and marine life. We even made friends with an orphaned Ocelot! I didn’t think it was possible for Costa Rica to be so dry, according to locals the driest in a long time. This initially made finding even common amphibians rather hard work, but in the end persistence paid off.
Many thanks to Adam Bland, Mike Boston, Marcelo Carvajal, Andrew Gray and especially Eduardo Castro Rojas for help before and during the trip.
I’m afraid I’ve been very lazy and not written a field report but instead added the photos to an album. Click here or on the image below.
One highlight was finding the rare Bromeliad boa (Ungaliophis panamensis)