Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

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Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:51 pm

Having too many pictures on the PC is sometimes just as puzzling as having too few ones: from where can I begin? What can I tell, which is not already told somewhere else? Which pictures are the most interesting and which are the most boring and usual?

I will try now to do my best to put here something hopefully not so boring, avoiding anyway to reveal "hot spots" or to give too detailed informations about places.

Which is the rarest snake on these islands? Natrix natrix is actually seldom met, but if you know where these snakes can find frogs, you are probably towards the right solution of the enigma. Small water ponds in otherwise very dry areas are often more than enough for this species.

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In situ

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After capture. Its belly was almost totally black (not photographed, unfortunately)

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Water pond in dry habitat

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Natrix found inside the pond of the picture above

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Same snake as above

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In the north of Cres the habitat is less dry, and you can find bigger ponds

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Detail (but you can see the snake even in the picture above!)
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:06 pm

Which is the commonest lizard on these island?

Melisellensis, obviously, but you can find muralis in some spots, in the north, and even in towns, such as in Cres center town.

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P.muralis in the woods of the northern part of the island of Cres

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P.muralis in Cres town center

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A wall in another town of the island of Cres.

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P.melisellensis: same wall as above, same moment, only 1 meter away!

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Another specimen

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Melisellensis is, without doubts, the commonest lizard of the islands

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Another pair (this time mating!)

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Lacerta bilineata female
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:16 pm

Road traffic is the greatest problem for reptiles in Cres, but ticks are neither so kind with them...

This L.bilineata suffers probably from both the problems.
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Ticks can also infest snakes.

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Malpolon male with ticks

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Detail of the ticks
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Detail of the fangs
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:37 pm

In Cres you can find different species of praying mantis.

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And, very seldom, Testudo. We found this baby under a metal sheet in a remote area of the north, and it was the only Testudo we found there.

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The metal sheets under which the baby testudo was found


Abandoned villages in the north are a very interesting and particular type of reptile habitat.
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Dark or black aesculapian snakes, which are found on those type of habitats, are probably mistaken for H.viridiflavus by some laymen.
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Normally coloured aesculapian snakes cannot be mistaken, hopefully, for nothing else...


You can find there the slow worm.
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Anguis fragilis found under a metal sheet


And the smooth snake Coronella austriaca.
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:55 pm

One of the rarest sightings in Cres is the Telescopus fallax, but this is probably caused by its strictly nocturnal behaviour.

We found this specimen resting on a road, during a very humid (and rather cool) night of May.

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Besides the cat snake, another occasionally nocturnal species is the leopard snake, which is also probably much more common than the cat snake on these islands.
The striped variant is here missing, but some specimens, particularly the younger snakes, tend to show a yellowish brilliant background color, which I almost never saw, for instance, in greek specimens.

The following 3 pictures were taken by my friend Rica Kempter.
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This beautiful "yellow" situla baby was killed by a car just in front of us

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Beautifully colored (and very big) situla female "in situ": it was just at the edge of a trafficked road

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Detail

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Same place, next year: unfortunately only a gemonensis...

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Detail
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:14 pm

Other beautiful "yellowish" leopard snakes

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Wonderful baby specimen saved from a trafficked road at night

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Same specimen

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Same specimen: the real colours were actually fantastic!



Another specimen (a little bigger, beautiful, but not fantastic as the specimen shown above)
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When you find a snake on the road during the day, you will normally see "something dark" on the road; the strange thing with leopard snakes, found during the night on the roads, is that you will notice at first, in these cases, something "pale and whitish" on the road: you must be prepared for this! ;)

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Good picture, but... it's a DOR situla, positioned for a picture at the edge of the road!


A rather brightly coloured specimen, found trying to cross a main road early in the morning
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Same specimen released in a safe position, far from the main road


Not all the babies are yellow and brilliant in their colours. The baby of the picture below was crossing a trafficked road during the day: we saved it from the cars that were behind us.

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Z.situla baby found on a road in Cres: its background colour is a rather normal grey

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The exact place of its "crossing"
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:34 pm

Another young specimen
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A dull grey baby found in Cres island at the edge of a road

As you can see, baby is not equivalent of bright and yellow!

Now some bigger specimens of Z.situla

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Male found at the edge of a road in Cres island during a cloudy day


Male found in Losinj island partially inside a stone wall

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Habitat of the specimen shown above


Specimen found in Cres island by the team of Boris Laus and shown to us for a photo
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A dull female (if I remember well)

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Very dull and greyish specimen

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Losinj island: very big and beautiful female "in situ"

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Male situla found in the evening in the south of Cres island on a main road

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Same snake

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Released at a safe distance from the road


Obviously herpers cannot be everywhere at the same time... :(

This male was found agonizing on the road, freshly hit by a car, a night of June of the last year...
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While for this unfortunate big female, we arrived, this year, hours later...
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:56 pm

Which is the commonest snake species in the archipelago?
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H.gemonensis "in situ"


Obviously: it's even boring common!

In Losinj the situation is the same.
Here we have male and female, captured when they were rather near each other, but not during mating!
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Male on the left

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Sexual distinction: male below


And what is this? A gemonensis as the snake in the first picture? Maybe not...
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Malpolon males have very good mimetic properties on some substrates


This is a "real" gemo, in situ
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Cres island

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Cres island



Another specimen, in situ
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Losinj island

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Losinj island


Brownish specimen, in situ, Cres island
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:19 pm

Last but not least: the Elaphe quatuorlineata

The most beautiful specimen I've seen in my life was the specimen shown below. A male: big and yellowish. After capture it began to inflate its body laterally and to hiss like the asiatic snake Coelognatus radiatus

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Big yellow male "in situ". Cres island

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Another "in situ" specimen. Different habitat, Cres island

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While abandoned villages in the north of Cres are the habitat of Z.longissimus, the abandoned villages in the north of Losinj are home for the E.quatuorlineata
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Found in the village of the picture above


Baby found on a road in Cres island
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Baby "in situ", resting on the road

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Not happy to be saved


Cres island: big specimen "in situ"... with a herper ready to catch it!
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Big specimen, "probably" met for two consecutive years around the same place

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The snake has good camouflage between rocks and dead leaves

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More than 150 cm? I think so!

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This is a big female, found the year before, which I suppose to be the same snake shown above


Sometimes, but rather rarely in my opinion, one can find specimens among tree branches
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Cres island: "in situ" picture


More commonly you can find specimens basking on low bushes
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Cres island: "in situ" picture


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Probable courtship at the edge of a trafficked road on Cres island

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Big, recently fed specimen, "in situ". Cres island


Other specimens, "in manu", just to show some colour differences
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Adult

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Another adult

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A third specimen

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A subadult

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A big specimen, found crossing a main road

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A younger specimen
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Re: Some pictures from the Cres-Lošinj archipelago

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:08 pm

I've also many pictures of Pseudopus, of Malpolon (some pictures can be seen here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1912), of Lacerta bilineata and others.

But for the moment I will end my "slide show" with a beautiful view from Mount Osor, in Losinj island. In the hope that these island will remain intact for as long as possible!

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If you have questions, please, I will be glad to be helpful!
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