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Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat May 13, 2017 6:55 pm

once again i visited my friend to take pics of L. vulgaris vulgaris, i have not seen larvas or eggs though, the pond is full of algae now

tail-fanning
https://youtu.be/_e0kCZOpanQ
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adult males
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mating
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female with eggs
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heads- note 2 rows of spots extending from nostrils till back of eyes
anyone knows what is their function?
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Wed May 31, 2017 5:22 pm

Lacerta agilis argus, adult female found today in my garden
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:20 pm

Yesterday I joined group of students of Jagiellonian University in search for Lacerta viridis on Polish side of Polish-Germany border. We had with us PhD student which observed this species about 100km west, in Germany. Green lizard was reintroduced nearer but the action failed because of cats which were killing green lizards. We searched the exact site of their presence before 1st world war but nearby river got regulated so that plants on the slope were not destroyed by water and as a result the slope got more green and less xerothermic. We did not find any Lacerta viridis, only Lacerta agilis argus, juveniles of Bufotes viridis viridis and Anguis fragilis.
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on the pics above you can see Quercus pubescens, this place is the only place you can see this species in wild in Poland

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Then we went to another spot where L. viridis might dwell but found only Anguis fragilis with regrown tail and a female of Lacerta agilis argus
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After that we visited deciduous forest which was to host some orchids but we did not find any, we were not looking for them intensively though. Bufo bufo bufo subadult and juveniles were observed.
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Next to that forest Pelophylax kl. esculentus cf. lessonae were observed. Subadult below. In that habitat we found Sagittaria sagittifolia in big numbers, some of which were blooming.
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habitat of Pelophylax kl. esulentus cf. lessonae
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:27 pm

all the animals below were rescued from drainage manholes

Bufo bufo adult and juvenile
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juvenile Pelobates fuscus fuscus
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juveniles of Pelobates fuscus fuscus and Bufo bufo
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:34 pm

habitat in which I found mating Triturus cristatus few years ago and flipped Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris lately. Locals extract peat there.
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time for flipping
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result- beautiful adult smooth newt male
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:00 pm

most of Bufo bufo bufo from my garden ponds have already metamorphosed
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the garden ponds
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:21 pm

Today I observed metamorphosing Green Frogs but also adults and tadpoles
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habitat- shallow pond in an old quarry
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:13 pm

Today me with a friend went to alleged vipera site to find one and take photos of it. It is in sort of nature reserve and there are bunkers built by nazis and blown up probably by red army.
Information board by the entrance. Be careful- vipers!
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unfortunately we did not find any, only smooth snake basking on a bunker
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climbing smooth snake
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Then we proceeded looking for vipers and we found juvenile Rana arvalis.
Habitat of Rana arvalis
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Having found no vipers we rescued many Bufo bufo and Rana temporaria, Rana arvalis + 1 Lissotriton vulgaris from the bunker photo of which is below.
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Bufo bufo
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some amphibians that were rescued by us
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:32 pm

Today I was in a forest with a friend and he found juvenile grass snake which probably clutched this year judging by its size.
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It was near a swamp.
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Then we drove to check drainage manholes and we found in them adult female Triturus cristatus cristatus, juvenile Bufo bufo bufo and juvenile Pelobates fuscus fuscus which were saved.
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Re: Polish lowlands

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:43 pm

I visited my family in another city and having found trapped B.b. bufo in their garden I took the photo below and rescued the toad.
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But when I opened the photo on my computer I noticed that there are at least 3 other tailless amphibians. Since I was far away from that place I contacted with my family members who live there and it turned out that they managed to rescue circa 8 tailless amphibians from that place including 3 small B. viridis.
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