Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

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Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:32 am

During my Israel vacation ( viewtopic.php?f=4&t=527) some Friends take me out for an incredible night in the Dunes of the Negev desert.
This was the first Reptile we saw on the way to the Dunes.
Roughtail rock agama Laudakia stellio
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In the Dunes

Nidua Fringe-Fingered Lizard Acanthodactylus scutellatus scutellatus
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Egyptian Sand Agama Trapelus savignii
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One of the Fellows found the first Cerastes vipera during Sunset.
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Sandfish Scincus scincus
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The fellows are waiting for Darkness
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From left Aviad (The master of the Dunes), Liam (Guy`s girlfriend) Guy and a great herper in the future on the right is Omer.

Anderson’s short-fingered gecko Stenodactylus petrii
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Lichtenstein’s short-fingered gecko Stenodactylus sthenodactylus
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Wadge snouted skink Sphenops sepsoides
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Aviad and Guy tried to teach me a lot of things they know, for example
In witch direction the Snake crawl.
Difference between old tracks (from past night) and new tracks.
Witch Track belongs to witch snake
An at least how to handle the flashlight right.
But I had the feeling I don`t get anything, I was too excited.
I was looking around and found nothing, and I get always a call, “Here is one”, “Jürgen come on there is one”, “ I found another one” I was jumping from one to the other to make pics of the herps that the buddies found.

Cerastes cerastes
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Cerastes vipera
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Cerastes vipera Juvenil
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At least I found a few Geckos and one Cerastes cerastes, but not by following the tracks it just past my way.
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Thanks my Friends for that unforgettable night!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Two days later in the morning I tried to find out if I learned anything what my friends were teaching me.
I followed tracks of the past night, found places where Cerastes cerastes was resting and found borrows where they were hiding during the day.
Of course I found no snakes, but it was exciting in the same way!

Cerastes cerastes tracks
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One day after the morning dunes walking, I tried my luck in the night.

Waiting for darkness
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First of course a Gecko
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And than the first!!!
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and a second!!!
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:48 am

Nice stuff all around Jürgen, and i`m sure most herpers here will drool over the vipers :mrgreen: . Not me though, i LOVED the Sandfish; cause it looks just like a mustard hot dog. Yum! :D

Cheers!
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Peter Oefinger » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:14 am

Ok - absolutely great! You have convinced me. Tell me when you go back there!
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Andre Schmid » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:45 pm

Great !!! Thanks for sharing Jürgen.
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Mike Richardson » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:46 pm

Looks like great fun. Awesome photos of some quality herps.
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Francesco Tri » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:26 pm

That wonderful night !!!!!!!!!
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Sebastian Holzki » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:31 pm

Really nice findings.
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Bobby Bok » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:33 am

Hi Jürgen, amazing pictures of incredible animals. I have been thinking of visiting Israel for a long time but this make me even more eager to get there ;-)
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Aviad Bar » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:52 pm

It was our honor to travel with you in Israel.
We have in Israel 41 species of snakes and a similar number of lizards (like the veranus in this message).
The big advantage in this region is that in a very small area we have many types of habitats with totally different species.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit.
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Re: Oh what a night!!!!!!!!!

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:58 pm

Aviad what a great pleasure to see you on the board!!!!
As you can see, I learned a little bit!! ;)
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