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 Post subject: Assortment of European Herps
PostPosted: October 19th, 2015, 12:57 pm 

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I wanted to share some of my finds from travels throughout Europe. To begin we start with a few simple finds in England. I've missed a few target such as the smooth snake, sand lizard, and the natterjack toad but have managed most everything else.
Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
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A common lizard however I only managed a few finds including a time when i found six adults after a wet morning at a local spot
Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis)
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By far more common is the Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)
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And a Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
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By far my favorite species in England is of course the European Adder (Vipera berus)
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A Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis) from an introduced population on the southern coast of England, which segments me into Iberia
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Spain and Andorra provided many opportunities for a wide variety of species however without a car and relying only on trains and planes I was only able to manage a couple of species.
Common finds included Moorish and Turkish geckos
This was a Moorish Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) from Valencia, Spain followed by a dark adult from Mallorca, Spain
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Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus) were among other lizards active in the heat of the day
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And Common Wall Lizards (Podarcis muralis)
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Among the more scarce of finds included:
Several Horseshoe Whipsnakes ( Hemorrhois hippocrepis)
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Two Iberian Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles waltl)
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And a fair amount of Bedriaga's Skinks (Chalcides bedriagai)
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A quick trip to Morocco was far too brief and out of season but as interesting as it was to see Puff Adders and Egyptian Cobras it was sad to see them in the hands of snake charmers in Marrakech. (I did not pay for the photographs I took)
Egyptian Cobra (Naja haje)
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Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)
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Then to the bountiful lands of Italy where I could have stayed months longer
Italian Wall Lizards (Podarcis sicula) were bountiful
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There were also a few stunning Common Wall Lizards (Podarcis muralis) running about
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Moving into the countryside of Tuscany things got a bit more cool with
Western Green Lizards (Lacerta bilineata)
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Edible Frogs (Pelophylax kl. esculentus)
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and the jewel of the trip an Asp Viper (Vipera aspis) that managed to escape me for better pictures
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Not all species were pictured above but this was to show some wide variety of species
found on my travels throughout Europe. Can't wait to get back! Hope you enjoyed.


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