April 12th 2011, myself and 3 friends flew out from Liverpool in the UK to Madrid, Spain for a 5 day herping trip. We would be meeting with a veterinarian and fellow reptile photographer from Alicante, along with our local expert and guide for the trip, who would be showing us around for the duration of our stay. It was our intention to find and photograph our target species, Lataste's viper, Vipera latastei
, along with any other species of reptile and amphibian that could be found on this short trip.
We spent five days visiting four main sites during our time here. Without going into too much detail about the trip, I thought I would share some photos of the animals that we found. These images are in no particular order.
The team, L-R Mark O'shea, myself, Wolfgang Wuster, Edgar Wefer, David Nixon and Juan Timms. I have altered the photo to hide the sign in the background, so not to give away our exact location. Photo by Edgar Wefer.
A few habitat shotsPsammodromus algirus
Bedriaga's skink, Chalcides bedriagae
Iberian worm lizard, Blanus cinereus
- a very unusual fossorial species.
Viperine snake, Natrix maura
. We found several of these over the course of the trip.
Another Viperine snake
Mark photographing one of the viperine snakes
Ocellated lizard, Timon lepidus
Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanicaButhus occitanus
Sharp-ribbed newt, Pleurodeles waltlTriturus pygmaeus
Ladder snake, Rhinechis scalaris
. I found this snake cruising out in the open mid-day.
And finally, our target species of the trip, Lataste's viper, Vipera latastei
. Three were seen in total, but only one was photographed.
A couple of 'family photos' taken by Edgar Wefer
David Nixon and myself at one of the sites. We found 18 species in one night at this location
I'm not quite sure what we were trying to catch here, but it was likely a small lizard