Sauromates no; saxatilis yes!

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Sauromates no; saxatilis yes!

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Mon May 21, 2012 7:55 am

They say bad weather is birdy weather. Well, it`s great for flipping too! ;)
Anyway, our eternal quest for the Blotched Snake took us to the mountains of north Dobrudja.

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We searched high and low but only turned out the usual suspects:

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Interesting insect


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Green Toad


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Common Spadefoot


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Spur-thighed tortoise


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Eastern Green Lizard


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Balkan Wall Lizard


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Caspian Whipsnake


Lots of great birds all around, but none as cool as this lifer Rock Thrush male!

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Monticola saxatilis


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I hope to revisit this place soon, good weather or not. There sure are lots of neat habitats to explore. All i need is lots of dry spare socks. ;)

Cheers!
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Re: Sauromates no; saxatilis yes!

Postby Laura Bok » Mon May 21, 2012 10:41 pm

Very cool Vlad! How large was that "interesting insect"? Looks like it stepped out from an Alien-movie...

I just love that Spadefoot Toad - you´re very lucky having found one. Did you really discover it during the day?!
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Re: Sauromates no; saxatilis yes!

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue May 22, 2012 6:50 am

The cricket from another dimension ;) was about 5 cm long or so, and it peed all over my glove. No kidding, it soaked it. Good thing it wasn`t acid. ;)

Regarding the spadefoot, yes, it was found during the day, as i discovered all of my pelobates. Active ones are indeed few and far between outside breeding season, but poking around open manholes always helps. ;)
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Re: Sauromates no; saxatilis yes!

Postby Ilian Velikov » Tue May 22, 2012 1:54 pm

Nice stuff Vlad. I think the insect is a bush cricket (Bradyporus dasypus).
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