Cyprus, October 2016

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Cyprus, October 2016

Postby Yannick Francioli » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:06 pm

Hi everyone,
here is a very small report about my trip in Cyprus. It wasn't a full herping trip, I was there with my family and girlfriend, but I had plenty of herping fun!

I was very lucky to meet with Snake George (Hans-Jörg Wiedl), and to spend two days herping with him! Sadly we weren't very lucky, it was an extremely dry year, and even Snake George's best water place were dry... However it was awesome to herp and discuss with him, it was very interesting to hear about his fight to protect herpetofauna in Cyprus.

The first day we went in the pine forest to look for the Macrovipera lebetina, as I said it was extremely dry, and we only found one place were there was a little water, but no luck finding the viper...
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A huge area of forest burnt a few weeks ago

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back into the healthy pine forest

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Ablepharus budaki


The second day Snake George took us to some good costal spots for chameleon, since my family really wanted to see one, but again no luck finding one...
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Acanthodactylus schreiberi

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Acanthodactylus schreiberi

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Cyrtopodion kotschyi

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Cyrtopodion kotschyi


But at the end of the day, Snake George had an amazing surprise for me: a Macrovipera! It was caught by a snake catcher, and will be released once there is more water, to be sure the condition are optimal.
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Macrovipera lebetina

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Macrovipera lebetina


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Snake George, the Macrovipera and me

Huge thanks to Snake George for his help, for taking us around Cyprus, and for this viper! it was awesome.

The rest of the trip was more about visiting Cyprus than herping,we went to the beach, visited ruins and the mount Olympus, where I found a river that wasn't dry but no snakes sadly.
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dry river bed

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Laudakia stellio

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phoenicolacerta troodica

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Pelophylax cypriensis

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One of the only river that wasn't dry

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Ophisops elegans

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Ophisops elegans


And the last nigh we decided to go to the chameleon spot again, and found two young ones!
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first Chameleo chameleon

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second Chameleo chameleon

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second Chameleo chameleon


And that's it. Again big thanks to Snake George and his precious help, I will definitely come back to Cyprus, I still have some snakes to find there!
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Re: Cyprus, October 2016

Postby Alexandre Roux » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:42 pm

Nice pictures ! A new destinationto add on my "wish map" :lol:
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Re: Cyprus, October 2016

Postby Andre Schmid » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:23 pm

Beautiful little Macrovipera :)

Cyprus is a very interesting island. I´m also sure that I will go back to this island some day :D .
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Re: Cyprus, October 2016

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:27 am

very nice pictures of Cyprus herps!

nice to see Hans-Jörg is still actice :)
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