Turkey on a shoestring

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Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Pedter » May 16th, 2011, 10:37 am

After being home for a short while following my Central America trip, I decided that a second backpacking trip was in order. In the end I decided on spending four weeks in turkey, traveling around by public transportation. The bus system in Turkey is excellent albeit a bit expensive, but still a really good way to get around. Turkey turned out to be a wonderful place with some great people and herps, especially if you stayed out of the holiday towns on the coast.

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The first reptiles of the trip where a few Italian wall lizards (invasive) in Istanbul and Bursa which I didn’t really bother photographing, but the first really cool thing was a few Kotschy's Geckos on the main street of Bursa.

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After Bursa I went to Euphesus.

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The first rock I turned produced my first ever Anatolian worm lizard!

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After that I spotted a European Glass Lizard (this one is from Dalyan), a few Starred Agamas and a Levant Skink.

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In a flooded temple outside Euphesus I found three new lifers Balkan Terrapin, Spur-thighed Tortoise and Levant Water Frog

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After Euphesus I drove to Bergama where the local mosque turned out to hold a nice surprise.

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I saw a few green toads outside of town, but I didn’t have my camera on me.

I had been looking forward to seeing Dalyan mainly because of the Loggerhead Sea Turtles and African softshell turtles, sadly it turned out it was too early in year to see the softshells,
but the Loggerhead made it all right.

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The boatmen feeds the Loggerheads fish so that everyone can have a good look.

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One of the first loggerhead nest of the season.

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The ditches outside of town, where absolutely crawling with Dice snakes.

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And in the dry areas I found Eurasian Blind Snake and Balkan green lizard

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Cappadocia was probably the highlight of the trip

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The only common reptile around was Dwarf Lizard Parvilacerta parva

habitat ;

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I did find some Tortoises a couple of Starred Agamas and some green toad eggs.

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I really like the name of the place in the last picture "Love vally" ;)

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See you next time.

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Berkeley Boone » May 16th, 2011, 12:42 pm

Very nice! I'd like to see some more pictures of the tortoises and their habitats, if you have them.
--Berkeley

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by erik loza » May 16th, 2011, 1:12 pm

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Mike VanValen » May 16th, 2011, 6:47 pm

Very nice report. The turtles were a highlight for me. I'm a turtle guy at heart.

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Post by Antonsrkn » May 16th, 2011, 10:10 pm

Fantastic, I don't think I have ever seen a post from Turkey before and I have wondered what the herping was like there for some time now. Thanks!

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » May 16th, 2011, 11:27 pm

TURKEY? What will they think of next?!! Hehe. Anyway - good one! I'm always very surprised at the sheer number of glass lizards in Europe. Not only the number of species, but the sheer masses. Everyone runs into them everywhere, it seems....

Cappadocia looks like an awesome place...

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Snake Junky » May 16th, 2011, 11:55 pm

Nice finds. I wonder why they call the dice snake a Dice snake? Is it because if you get bit you might crap out? Is it vonomous?

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by BradB » May 17th, 2011, 3:25 am

I like the tortoise in rock vally with the nice statue in the background! Did you choose that shot on purpose?

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Pedter » May 17th, 2011, 4:32 am

Berkeley Boone wrote:Very nice! I'd like to see some more pictures of the tortoises and their habitats, if you have them.
--Berkeley
Sure thing. i´m not really a turtle guy, but they where great fun to watch.

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Snake Junky wrote:Nice finds. I wonder why they call the dice snake a Dice snake? Is it because if you get bit you might crap out? Is it vonomous?
No ;) its because of there pattern, and they are harmless, well almost they bitte like a #="#)¤"(#¤
BradB wrote:I like the tortoise in rock vally with the nice statue in the background! Did you choose that shot on purpose?
It is actually a natural rock formation formed by volcanic activity, the area is full of them.

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Re: Turkey on a shoestring

Post by Berkeley Boone » May 17th, 2011, 9:59 am

Pedter wrote:
Berkeley Boone wrote:Very nice! I'd like to see some more pictures of the tortoises and their habitats, if you have them.
--Berkeley
Sure thing. i´m not really a turtle guy, but they where great fun to watch.
Awesome! Thanks very much!

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Post by Crimson King » May 17th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Fantastic pix and accounts! Thanks for posting...
:Mark

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