Georgia 2015

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Georgia 2015

Postby Tomas Klacek » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:14 am

Hi,
I just returned from Georgia. It was a hiking trip with my friends in Svaneti region. We have to go almost 140km in 8 days across the mountains - I have not much time to herp, so I unfortnately did not find anything special (no viperas in which I hoped :(). But here are a few photos. Some of these habitats looked great for them...
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Bufotes viridis
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Darevskia ssp. - if you can id all those lizards I´ll be glad.
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Bear track
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Colchicum
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and Tenuidactylus caspius from Tbilisi castle
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more photos you can find here.

Best regards!

T.
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Rob Andriessen » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:59 am

Wow, great pictures! I'm hoping to go to Georgia next year and your photos only increase my enthusiasm. Didn't you see any snakes?
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Thomas Bader » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:22 am

Dear Tomas,

fantastic landscape in Svanetia. Unfortunately we haven`t visited this area this year during our trip in May, but I will be back in this wonderful country.
The Svan-towers are impressive!
BTW: The lizards are Darevskia caucasica cucasica.
Nice gecko - we missed it
Our trip report will be (hopefully) online in January - we have to wait for the presentation at the X-mas Party...

Thomas
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Martti Niskanen » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:29 pm

Beautiful scenery. What kind of route did you take?
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Niklas Ban » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:10 pm

The landscape is absolutely beautiful and I like to see some pictures of a country where not so many people herp. ;)
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Lee Brindley » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:26 pm

Fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:30 pm

Such stunning landscapes! I read about those towers in the National Geographic, very interesting story behind them!
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Aleksandar Simovic » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:39 pm

Beautiful landscapes, Georgia is a really nice! Any snakes? ;)
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Re: Georgia 2015

Postby Tomas Klacek » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:44 pm

Thank you all! Unfortunately no snake at all. I hoped in V. dinniki and lotievi but I failed. Weather was too hot and dry during daytime with very cold nights slightly above 0 temperatures. I´d like to go back someday and make a trip dedicated to herps. Especially viperas from this area are just stunning.

Martti, we flew to Tbilisi, from where we went by taxi/hitch hiked to Oni. From Oni we go by foot across Ghebi, Zeskho, Tsana, Usghuli and Adishi to Mestia.

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