Central spain, 25.09. - 03.10.2010

During this year’s autumn trip we wanted to visit the Iberolacerta species in Central Spain. Given warm temperatures and constantly sunny weather this journey rather was a second summer trip – hence we were able to visit the high altitude lizards habitats in the mountains. The three stations of our trip were Sierra de Gredos, Pena de Francia and Sierra de Guadarrama.

  • Pyrenees, 2008 - 2016

    Pyrenees, 2008 - 2016

    Searching for Pyrenean lizards - third time's a charm!

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  • Sicily & Aeolian Islands, 26.5. – 6.6.2016

    Sicily & Aeolian Islands, 26.5. – 6.6.2016

    Mission Volcano! Smoking mountains and rare reptiles

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  • Astypalaia & Naxos, 25.3.-3.4.2016

    Astypalaia & Naxos, 25.3.-3.4.2016

    Hellas reloaded – Back in Europe’s biodiversity lab

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  • Spain, 29.8.-11.9.2015

    Spain, 29.8.-11.9.2015

    Biodiversity on the south-eastern tangent

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  • Montenegro, 2. – 11.7.2015

    Montenegro, 2. – 11.7.2015

    Lizard Safari in the mountains of Montenegro

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  •  Malta, 3. – 6.4.2015

    Malta, 3. – 6.4.2015

    The exclusive Podarcis filfolensis Home Story!

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  • Oman, 6.–15.3.2015

    Oman, 6.–15.3.2015

    Adventures in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula

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  • Central Spain, 29.8. - 14.9.2014

    Central Spain, 29.8. - 14.9.2014

    14 days in the heat of Castile

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  • Lefkada, Kefalonia & Akarnania, 24.5. - 3.6.2014

    Lefkada, Kefalonia & Akarnania, 24.5. - 3.6.2014

    Reptile adventures in Western Greece

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  • Mallorca / Alicante - 15.-23.03.2014

    Mallorca / Alicante - 15.-23.03.2014

    2014 Season Kick-off with 16 reptile species

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  • Corsica, 07.-17.09.2013

    Corsica, 07.-17.09.2013

    Mountains, sea and rock lizards

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  • Portugal, 13. - 20.07.2013

    Portugal, 13. - 20.07.2013

    Lizard hunting in Central Portugal

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  • Romania, 24.05. - 03.06.2013

    Romania, 24.05. - 03.06.2013

    Herping adventures from the Black Sea coast to the Iron Gate

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  • Menorca, 17. - 24.03.2013

    Menorca, 17. - 24.03.2013

    Visiting the Balearic lizards

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  • Peloponnese, 20. - 27.10.2012

    Peloponnese, 20. - 27.10.2012

    Autumn trip on Peloponnese

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  • Montenegro, 27.07. - 04.08.2012

    Montenegro, 27.07. - 04.08.2012

    Summer trip in the mountains of Montenegro

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  • Skyros & Evia, 26.05. - 04.06.2012

    Skyros & Evia, 26.05. - 04.06.2012

    Our search for the legendary giant lizards...

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  • Crete, 06. - 13.04.2012

    Crete, 06. - 13.04.2012

    Searching for flowers and lizards on Crete...

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  • Andalucia, 10. - 18.03.2012

    Andalucia, 10. - 18.03.2012

    A hot week full of herping highlights in Southwestern Andalucia

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  • Northern Spain, 02. - 13.09.2011

    Northern Spain, 02. - 13.09.2011

    Herpetological trip to the northwest of Spain: the mountains west of Leon, the Atlantic coast south of A Coruña and the Picos de Europa.

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  • Aegean Islands, 28.05. - 13.06.2011

    Aegean Islands, 28.05. - 13.06.2011

    Five islands in two weeks: Kythira, Pori, Milos, Kimolos and Sifnos

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  • Rhodos & Kastellorizo, 12. - 19.03.2011

    Rhodos & Kastellorizo, 12. - 19.03.2011

    Trip to the easternmost island of Greece...

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  • Central spain, 25.09. - 03.10.2010

    Central spain, 25.09. - 03.10.2010

    Iberolacertas within Sierra de Gredos, Pena de Francia and Sierra de Guadarrama

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  • Alps, 03. -17.07.2010

    Alps, 03. -17.07.2010

    Our first trip to the Alps led us to the Allgäu area, the Julian Alps and Carinthia

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  • Northern Peloponnese, 3.-11.4.2010

    Northern Peloponnese, 3.-11.4.2010

    Four Podarcis species in one area!

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  • Northern Greece, 01. - 15. 06.2009

    Northern Greece, 01. - 15. 06.2009

    Great trip to the Pindos mountains...

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  • Sicily, 28.03. - 04.04.2009

    Sicily, 28.03. - 04.04.2009

    Orchid trip to eastern Sicily

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  • Samos, September 2008 / 2009

    Samos, September 2008 / 2009

    Chamaeleons, Trachylepis and beautiful beaches...

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  • Spain, November 2008 / February 2009

    Spain, November 2008 / February 2009

    Lizards in the Alicante Province

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  • Eifel region

    Eifel region

    Our local "playground": botanical highlights, meadows with numerous butterflies and some herpetofauna...

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  • The most common flowering mountain plant during our autumn trip: Merendera montana

    Sierra de Gredos

    We startet lizard hunting in the area of Hoyos del Espino where Podarcis hispanicus as well as Lacerta schreiberi are common species.  Above 1800 metres we found Iberolacerta cyreni castiliana.

  • A little diva: juvenile Lacerta schreiberi

  • A male of Podarcis hispanicus Type 1, which is considered as a separate species

  • Another male: this lizards can be distinguished from P. hispanicus (sensu stricto) and also from P. hispanicus Type 2 which occurs in Southern Spain: in particular, the bold black dorsal markings seem to be a characteristic of Type 1.

  • Cold high plateau in the Sierra de Gredos – home of Iberolacerta cyreni castiliana

  • The Iberolacertas turned out to be great photo models, really patient while being photographed…

  • Like a small monitor lizard!

  • Another male, posing in front of the camera

  • Circo de Gredos: During a hike to the Laguna Grande Iberolacerta cyreni was omnipresent – ideal conditions for our next photo session …

  • …some males show bright greenish colours…

  • …another beautiful male (we couldn’t get enough of these lizards)…

  • …and a dark coloured specimen – the lizards were active during the whole day, even basking in the bright afternoon sun.

  • In the Gredos nature reserve, Capra pyrenaica can be seen everythere – the animals aren’t shy at all!

  • Ephippiger sp.

  • At Laguna Grande Parnassia palustris was flourishing

  • Rana iberica

  • Natrix maura

    Pena de Francia

    On Pena de Francia we watched out for the second rock lizard species in Central Spain – Iberolacerta martinezricai. We had low expectations with regard to that species, as it is rather rare and sometimes tricky to be found. During the three days of our stay we came across several juveniles but didn’t find any adult – they simply weren’t out at that time!

  • View from Pena der Francia to the Castilian high plateau

  • Juvenile Iberolacerta martinezricai with its characteristic blue tail

  • Gyps fulvus

  • Lampides boeticus

  • At the village of Monsagro we found a water basin with Triturus pygmaeus and…

  • …this adult Lacerta schreiberi

  • The most widespread lizard in Spain: Psammodromus algirus

    Sierra de Guadarrama

    Our third station was Sierra de Guadarrama – home of Iberolacerta cyreni ssp. cyreni. This mountain range is a popular touristic area with roads leading straight to the mountain passes where Iberolacerta cyreni occurs. So, no long hikes were necessary!

  • Juvenile Natrix maura

  • Our only shot of Timon lepidus

  • Podarcis hispanicus Type 1 can also be found in Sierra de Guadarrama – a female

  • Within Sierra de Guadarrama

  • Crocus serotinus

  • Iberolacerta cyreni cyreni…

  • …lives in syntopy with Podarcis muralis

  • Some of the wall lizards have nice reddish throats

  • Another Iberolacerta cyreni cyreni with blue ventral scales…

  • And again – Iberolacerta cyreni: in contrast to the lizards from Gredos the ssp. cyreni doesn’t have bright green colours

  • The lizards could be found during the whole day – but as the weather turned windy in the evening, they disappeared in rock crevices

    Acknowledgement:

    Henrik Bringsoe, Frank Deschandol, Conrado Requena, and Jeroen Speybroeck for information about the Iberolacerta species.