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Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:48 pm
by Paul Aiscan
After a quiet 2016 in herping, I've decided to do some more research this year before I go out herping again and finally found some more species than last year.
First herp of the year (as always) Salamandra salamandra:

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Shortly after the Salamandra I found lots of Rana temporaria:
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On a sunny day in march I went for a walk around my favorite Zamenis longissimus habitat and surprisingly found the first specimen of the year. I went back two weeks later and found even more. Overall I have visited the spot 3 times and found more individuals than in all of last year.
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In may I began the search for my first Vipera berus. On a sunny day in the black forest I got lucky after 7 hours of herping :D . A friend of mine showed me this spot and we were very pleased to find this beautiful male.
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We went back a week later and found 3 more: A big black female, a juvenile and the highight of our trip: a big normal colored female

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We also found this pretty Natrix natrix:Image


Another first-time find for me: Bufo viridis
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I have never been lucky enough to see one of these toads in the wild before and damn, I was really happy to find this guy.


The last herpingtrip ive been on (so far) was to Natrix tesselata habitat with friends. We were lucky to find around 50 of these beautiful snakes, that I also haven't seen to that day. Image

And in the same habitat we found another first time snake for me: Coronella austriaca :)

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So generally speaking, my year of herping is going very well so far. Next goal is to find some more rare amphibians in Germany and of course a few trips to other countries in Europe for some more vipers and other herps.

Hope you all enjoyed my small report,

Paul

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:41 pm
by Guillaume Gomard
Very cool report, Paul. It's a very nice overview of the local herpetofauna. All in all we have quite a nice diversity in our area (well, maybe not considering Greek standard :lol: ). I will also contribute to the gallery with some pics of mine.

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:45 pm
by Paul Aiscan
Guillaume Gomard wrote:Very cool report, Paul. It's a very nice overview of the local herpetofauna. All in all we have quite a nice diversity in our area (well, maybe not considering Greek standard :lol: ). I will also contribute to the gallery with some pics of mine.


Yes we are quite lucky to have the beautiful animals aroud.
Looking forward to see what you found this year :) .

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:11 pm
by Bobby Bok
Damn, some great shots you made! I particularly like the Zamenis and the Vipera berus shots. Keep up the good work!

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:55 pm
by Paul Aiscan
Bobby Bok wrote:Damn, some great shots you made! I particularly like the Zamenis and the Vipera berus shots. Keep up the good work!

Thanks a lot for the compliments! :)
Ill be posting some more stuff soon hopefully.

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:01 pm
by Michal Szkudlarek
Regarding Germany- do you, Germans, still have Lacerta viridis population in Branderburg? On Polish side of the border they are allegedly absent nowadays.

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:28 am
by Jeroen Speybroeck
Love your photography, really good....! :o

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:04 am
by Mario Schweiger
nothing to add to Jeroens post.
really great work

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:18 am
by Paul Aiscan
Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Love your photography, really good....! :o

nothing to add to Jeroens post.
really great work


Thanks a lot for your compliments, im glad you like it! :)

Re: Germany 2017

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:56 am
by Laura Bok
Great photos indeed! My favourite is the Zamenis.