Tripreport Iran spring 2016

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Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon May 16, 2016 3:48 pm

Two weeks in the beautiful Iran together with some dear herping friends. We were able to see almost all our main targets and many interesting species along the way. This trip had many, many highlights but hiking along slippery trails through the ancient Hyrcanian forest to go deep into a cave, crawl half naked through batshit trying to find Gorgan Cave Salamander (Paradactylodon persicus) was definitely one of them. As well as standing in a stream full of Lorestan Newts (Neurergus kaiseri) surrounded by the most stunning rock formations or hiking along hot and arid hillsides at the Iraqi border to see the Spider-tailed Horned Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides). Many dream species to see in the wild!

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Paradactylodon persicus

Pseudocerastes urarachnoides

Gloydius halys

Phrynocephalus mystaceus

Saara loricata

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Laura Bok » Mon May 16, 2016 4:04 pm

I can only echo Bobby, but will add some more of my pictures from a different perspective. What a great trip we had!

Natrix tessellata

Platyceps najadum

Paradactylodon persicus

Phrynocephalus mystaceus

Sanddune habitat

Neurergus kaiseri
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Habitat of Neurergus kaiseri

Stenodactylus doriae

Eryx jayakari

Saara loricata

Pseudocerastes persicus

Pseudocerastes urarachnoides

Pseudocerastes urarachnoides

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi

Neurergus derjugini

Gloydius halys

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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Neil Rowntree » Mon May 16, 2016 5:28 pm

What an impressive array of stunning creatures.
Congrats on the spider-tailed viper, such an amazing creature - that truly is the icing on the cake. Don't suppose it was doing its tail thing when spotted?
Great report & great photos - This really deserves a 'thanks for sharing'!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Robin Duborget » Mon May 16, 2016 5:59 pm

Waouh ! Awesome !

I'm in love with the Neurergus (of course) but also this big lizard (Saara loricata). Your picture of Phrynocephalus mystaceus is perfect !

Have you some pictures of Iranian Flora ?

How were people ? If I'm asking it's because I'm really tempted with Iran.

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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Mon May 16, 2016 6:02 pm

Wow, WoW, WOW Don`t find the right words for that!!! Big Congrats!!!!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon May 16, 2016 7:34 pm

I'm not ashamed to admit I'm jealous. This has to be one of the most appealling trips I've seen... Intriguing, surprising and beautifully portrayed! Thanks!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Thomas Bader » Mon May 16, 2016 7:50 pm

Unbelievable what you have seen during this short period of time. Congratulations.
We also just came back from our Iran trip and I can just underline everything you wrote about this country.
I am also really jeallous...
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Mon May 16, 2016 8:10 pm

This is just amazing, and as stated else where : The word envy just does not cover the feeling, specially not after reading the full report. Great pictures, and a great story!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Andre Schmid » Tue May 17, 2016 4:40 am

Awesome, impressive, wow ! Very unique species there, just beautiful ! Congrats on finding this strange (and beautiful) looking Spider Tail Viper :!:
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Peter Oefinger » Tue May 17, 2016 8:34 am

What a great journey! Cool snakes, nice lizards and even the manders look great, I have to admit. These cave salamanders are really big...
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