Cyprus 2012

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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Daniel Bohle » Fri May 04, 2012 4:49 pm

Ray Hamilton wrote:What is the situation with the Cypriot Grass snakes. Are they afforded any sort of protection on the island now ?

Baier, F. & H.-J. Wiedl (2010): The re-evaluated conservation status of the mountain populations of the Cyprus grass snake, Natrix natrix cypriaca (Hecht, 1930), with miscellaneous natural history notes. - Salamandra ... &Itemid=59 ... e/?lang=fr ... e/20120316
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Ilias Strachinis » Sat May 05, 2012 3:34 pm

great findings and photos! Congrats
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Daniel Kane » Sat May 05, 2012 10:19 pm

Really great photos! Well done guys, looks like you had a great trip. Does anyone know the status of Eumeces schneideri on Cyprus?
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Bobby Bok » Sun May 06, 2012 9:40 am

Stunning vipers and pictures, the species-list of that trip is impressive! Haven't seen many succesfull tripreports from Cyprus.
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Peter Oefinger » Sun May 06, 2012 10:34 am

Daniel Kane wrote:Does anyone know the status of Eumeces schneideri on Cyprus?

It exists, but is extremely rare - only some single findings. I think Bayram Göcmen also reported a finding in Northern Cyprus: ... yprus.html
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Sun May 06, 2012 12:29 pm

Super stuff!
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Pierre-Yves Vaucher » Sun May 06, 2012 7:48 pm

Nice trip report and awesomw Macrovipera.
Two question: was this snake moire agressive or a little quiet ?
And the dates of your trip ?
Where, like it seem on your pictures, the dam full of water.
I was 2 times in Cyprus 10 years ago, they were half empty in april...
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Andre Schmid » Mon May 07, 2012 8:15 am

Hello Pierre,

we visited the island in the end of April. Before we arrived on the island there were still bad weather (wet ground under rocks and trash). We had 10 days of full sun shine and hot temperatures.

If you dont catch the lebetinas they are really calm ...they do nothing except laying in the grass and after 5 minutes they make a jump in the next bush. If you catch them they mutate to real beasts...but who would like that...caught from some freakin aliens like us :)

So I would say the snakes are not agressive at all.
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Daniel Bohle » Mon May 07, 2012 10:03 am

some pics to show how easy you could step on them...
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Re: Cyprus 2012

Postby Gerald Ochsenhofer » Mon May 07, 2012 2:42 pm

Really great pics and report!
Besides, interesting information about the viper-minefields/basking habits.
Which lens did you use for the in-situ shots?
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