Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

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Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sat May 03, 2014 5:50 pm

Here is some pictures from my herping the spring of 2014 in the eastern part of Norway (mainly around Oslo) and a trip to Strömstad, Sweden

This year my first find was on 08.march, about 45km north of Oslo

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The week after, I got the chance to get out again - and again I found adders. Some of them around the snow

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Then my trip to Turkey interruptet the local herping, but when I got back again I found some real stunners. First these in Oslo

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And the small bonus, Zootoca vivipara

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Then came Easter, and I got the chance to take two trips to Strömstad, Sweden to have a look at the relict location of Lacerta agilis - probably the northern most population of these lizards

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At the same trip I also saw the years first Anguis fragilis

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And off course some beatiful males and a female Vipera berus

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And last week, on the yearly herp trip with Norsk Herpetologisk Forening (Norwegian Herpetological Society) we found this adorable Smooth snake juvenile - a rare find in Norway

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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sun May 04, 2014 8:55 am

Great shots, Thor :!: :!:
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:39 am

A small update :


May was a very slow month, with much work and very little herping - only one good trip

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Zootoca vivipara, male - 10.may 2014
Oslo, Norway

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Vipera berus, melanistic - 10.may 2014
Oslo, Norway

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Anguis fragilis, male - 10.may 2014
Oslo, NOrway


Then when june came, it was time for a long planned trip back to Sweden to find some nicely colored Lacerta agilis - and it was a success

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Lacerta agilis, male - 02.june 2014

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Lacerta agilis, female - 03.june 2014
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:07 pm

That slow worm looks like he fought a few battles in his time.

BTW, on your first post - that thick next to the adder's eye, was it stuck there? Seems rather inconvenient for the the poor snake...
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:12 pm

Yes, that slow worm really looks like a battle scarred veteran !

As for the tick, it crawled over the adders head, and did not stop.. I have a series of pics of it passing over
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:54 pm

Great photography :D
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:13 pm

Another update, 2 weeks ago a was again a short trip over the border to Sweden to check out one of the other herps we don't have in Norway - but 50km from the border they are in Sweden - the Natterjack (Bufo calamita)

But first, I found some common Toads (bufo bufo)

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Bufo bufo


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Bufo bufo



And then some beatifull Natterjacks

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Bufo calamita
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:39 pm

Had a quick trip out today, to a location just 1 km from my house, and found this beatiful specimen !


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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Gerald Ochsenhofer » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:20 am

Nice pictures!
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Re: Norway (and Sweden) - Spring 2014

Postby Niklas Ban » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:36 am

Nice berus!
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