Things have been quiet on the blog as the British winter confines me to the house most weekends as well as extra responsibilities undertaken in my current job role.
However, you can expect regular updates from my interest in herpetology further into 2017 with some very exciting plans head, one in particular may allow for my blog to be updated with interesting observations and photographs on an almost weekly basis. But more about that at a later date…
For now, I will be heading to Hungary next week for a birding trip with Carl Corbidge as it will be far too cold to see amphibians or reptiles. Then, in April, I will head back to Morocco with fellow Brits David Nixon and Garry Smith for viper and cobra related antics. Perhaps in early summer I will go to my girlfriend’s homeland of Slovakia for a second visit and have some additional time to look for amphibians and reptiles after I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there last year. Click here to read my short trip report from Slovakia last year.
I’ve put a short report of our trip to the island of Epano Koufonissi last week. Being such a tiny island there are not many species present but we saw some nice things while there on holiday. Click here or the picture below.
Gertjan has written a report from our trip in August to Morocco. I am very grateful as I don’t feel like I need to write my own. Carl has also published a report from the trip, both can be viewed by clicking on their names.
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.