Herping UAE

For your reports/images, made outside Europe and the "Mediterranean" countries. Not to be too narrow minded and limited to our European/Mediterranean herps.

Re: Herping UAE

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:25 pm

Btw. Not only that we (GJ) found the Pseudocerastes is a little sensation, also where we found it.
Informations you can get for Pseudeocerastes in the mountains of UAE and Oman is
Over 1.000 meter
Above 1.200 meter
They flee (correct word?) from the Echis omanensis in the higher region`s
And something like that.
We found it under 600 meter in an area where also Echis omanensis occur.
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:35 pm

Sounds like a great trip, envious once again.

The Pseudocerastes is a beauty, Diplometodon is cool, as is always jayakari,...

I could go on :)
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Niklas Ban » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:52 pm

For sure the Pseudocerastes is great! But I have a question, how do you search in
the desert? I think the "hunt" must be completely different from the european way of herping.
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:15 pm

Niklas Ban wrote:For sure the Pseudocerastes is great! But I have a question, how do you search in
the desert? I think the "hunt" must be completely different from the european way of herping.


Niklas in case of Reptiles for sure, totally different.
The night Trip starts in the morning, you go into the Desert to look for boring Herps, like Lizards for example, but you also look for tracks of night active snakes. If there some you come back after sunset, walk around with your torch, ran into some Geckos and hope to find some fresh snake tracks to follow at the end of the track you will find the snake or a borrow (or nothing). Some Guys are really great in that like GJ or Gabri, some not, like me or of course Pauli.
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Niklas Ban » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:42 pm

Thank you very much. It sounds a little bit like searching mammals.
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Kristian Bell » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:51 pm

Cant believe you found Pseudocerastes!!!! Incredible effort, well done.
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Bobby Bok » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:30 pm

Amazing finds guys, you did really well and can't wait to go herping there myself there next year :) Will be incredibly hard to top your result though!
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby miguel santos » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:45 am

Great finds and I love the pictures. I can imagine the excitement of finding a snake at night after following their tracks in the desert.
Do you Always know in which direction they moved? left to right i.s.o right to left?
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:01 pm

miguel santos wrote:Do you Always know in which direction they moved? left to right i.s.o right to left?
Miguel


Allow me to answer on behalf of Jürgen & GJ (just because I had the pics at hand ;) ).

Obviously all tracks aren't equally clear and partials can make it more complicated but as a rule it's quite simple. Snakes employ two main forms of movement, depending on the species.

Sidewinding snakes such as Cerastes leave a series of separate imprints, the head clearly showing in each. The snake obviously moves in the direction the head is pointing.

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Cerastes cerastes track


Other snakes, in the middle east at least encompassing among others all the colubrids, employ an undulating form of locomotion leaving a continuous serpentine track. In moving forward they push the sand backwards leaving small mounds at the edge of the track showing the direction of movement.

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Lytorhynchus diadema track
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Re: Herping UAE

Postby miguel santos » Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:27 pm

Great pictures, thanks for them. The track bellow is very clear and that is indeed the way I follow them in Europe in dunes, although not always easy to read them. I supose that in sandy deserts most fresh track are easy to follow !!!??? I don't have the experience myself.
Great to see your examples .
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