Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidshan, etc.

Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Thomas Bader » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:41 am

Dear all,
If you have time, let me take you on a journey
http://www.herpetofauna.at/index.php/he ... gical-trip
Available in German also
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Peter Oefinger » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:44 am

Great! ...and so many lizards!
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Rob Andriessen » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:42 am

Amazing trip. This report put Georgia definately higher on my to do list.
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby GertJan Verspui » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:01 pm

Amazing trip report, thanks!
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:10 pm

Great Report and fantastic pics!
The Raddei male is awesome!!!
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Bobby Bok » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:54 pm

Oh my. What a great report and fantastic findings! That dark raddei male is a stunner and I love the in-situ Macrovipera, usually you only see pictures likes this from Milos ;) Also the Natrix with the Orange blotches, the yellowish Eryx and the fairytale like scenery.... Great! But also you guys didn't see any adult Pelodytes, I wonder if this species really exists :lol:
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Tomas Mazuch » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:20 pm

Very nice pictures! Interesting!!!
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Laura Bok » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:35 am

Wow, impressive report, great finds and some amazing photographs! Of course I was reminded a lot of our trip to Northern Turkey - similar species, similar landscapes - just less police action ;) . And seemingly also less exploitation / littering of the landscapes. Although that might be just an impression because you chose your photography frames well...
I am looking forward to going to Armenia and Georgia some day!
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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Thomas Bader » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:57 pm

Dear all,

thanks for your postings. Well, these countries are really worth visiting. They seem to be very safe, no problem at all with police or military. The food is excellent, beer is available(!), and accommodation is no problem - and everything is really reasonable.
The landscape is really diverse and the number of species is very high. I have to admit that the number of lizards might be too high for some...
And for Europe limited searchers: I know that for most of you Europe ends somewhere behind Romania but if you want to broaden your mind you should take these countries into your considerations.

Lets visit Iran...

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Re: Herpetofauna Trip Report Caucasus 2015

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:13 pm

Nice report! I'm still working through it. The landscapes are truly phenomenal and you saw really great species. I'm guessing May was an amazing month to herp there.

I'll be visiting the Caucasus this summer in July or August for some alpine trekking. Hopefully I'll be able to see some nice herps then, although the season is probably horrible down at lower elevations.
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