Alps, 03. -17.07.2010

Our first trip to the Alps led us to the Allgäu area, the Julian Alps and Carinthia. As we were not familiar with these areas we were lucky that some experts guided us to some remarkable places and that we had received some hints in advance. In particular, we’d like to thank Jürgen Gebhart, Mario Schweiger, the team of Herpetofauna.at and Wouter Beukema. Here is our travel diary:

  • 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 Alps near Oberstdorf

    03.07.:

    Arrival in Oberstdorf. At hot temperatures we went to the Nebelhorn for photographing flowers.

  • Gymnadenia rhellicani

  • A rather rare species: Plebeius glandon

    04.07.:

    Herping-trip with Jürgen Gebhart near Füssen. We almost found all herpeto-highlights of that area!

  • Besides of this Salamandra atra we saw Rana temporaria, Bufo bufo and Ichthyosaura alpestris

  • At the Lech river we came across this Astacus astacus

  • At a lake shore we managed to get this in situ shot of Vipera berus

  • Note: also reptiles (Lacerta agilis) are bothered by moscitos!

  • At the lake we noticed a big population of Natrix natrix – also some black specimen.

  • Bombina variegata

    05.07.:

    Another trip with Jürgen – this time near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Despite of the rainy weather we saw Vipera berus, Natrix natrix and Zootoca vivipara. Back at Oberstdorf, we had a photo session with some orchids.

  • Vipera berus – in situ, again!

  • Leucorrhinia dubia

  • Cephalanthera rubra

  • Gymnadenia odoratissima

  • Epipactis atrorubens

    06.07.:

    After several hours of rain we were able to get some pictures at the Fellhorn in the afternoon.

  • Traunsteinera globosa

  • Some brave Zootoca vivipara at 1700 m altitude

    07.07.:

    Leaving Oberstdorf towards the Julian Alps and arrival at Tarvisio. This Italian town is inhabited by wall lizards!

  • Podarcis muralis maculiventris

    08.07.:

    At hot temperatures we had a hike at the Kanin mountain – searching for Lilium carniolicum.

  • At lower altitudes Lilium martagon can be found…

  • …at higher altitudes we finally saw Lilium carniolicum

  • Carstic mountain area…

  • …with alpine flowers: Soldanella alpina

    09.07.:

    Still hot temperatures – we started herping at 6 a.m. at the Predil Pass in Slovenia, an Iberolacerta horvathi site. Afterwards, a hike on the Mangart mountain made us sweat.

  • Portrait of Iberolacerta horvathi: This species’ northern distribution limits are the southeastern Alps – that’s the reason why we visited the Julian Alps!

  • View from Mangart to the Slovenian Alps

    10.07.:

    Another hike at Sella Nevea – without anything worth to mention. In the afternoon we relaxed at the Laghi di Fusine, watching some Natrix natrix.

  • The Lago Superiore in front of the Mangart mountain

  • Natrix natrix gliding in its spa

    11.07.:

    We left Tarvisio for a sidestep to Monfalcone in the south – There, we wanted to visit a lizard site with Algyroides nigropunctatus and Podarcis melisselensis.

  • Stop over at the river Soca: a small Natrix tessellata

    12.07.:

    That day, temperatures reached 37 ° C. Hence we started herping at 5:30 a.m. – we found several Algyroides nigropunctatus but no Podarcis melisselensis.

  • Carstic area at Monfalcone

  • Algyroides nigropunctatus

    13.07.:

    Another unsuccessful search for Podarcis melissensis – frustration! Hoping for moderate temperatures we drove back to Tarvisio. In the evening we catched some shots of Zootoca vivipara carniolica, an oviparous subspecies of that lizard.

  • Iphiclides podalirius

  • Zootoca vivipara carniolica at Fusine

    14.07.:

    Hiking trip at the Altipiano Montasio. Later: herping at Fusine, again. This time we photographed Iberolacerta horvathi.

  • An ant enjoying Gymnadenia rubra

  • Myriads of Dianthus monspessulanus…

  • …each flower is a small planet with strange inhabitants.

  • Iberolacerta horvathi on Italian territory.

    15.07.:

    We left Tarvisio and went to Carinthia, where we wanted to meet Mario Schweiger, Andre Schmid and Richard & Florian Kopeczky.

  • Goodbye Tarvisio: Podarcis muralis maculiventris

    16.07.:

    Herping with Mario, Andre, Richard and Florian. Soon, Andre found two Vipera ammodytes. Afterwards we visited a Natrix tessellata habitat – not too successful: In the summer sun, the river shores where populated by sunbathing people instead of snakes. At least we noticed numerous wall lizards and some Lacerta viridis.

  • Habitat of Vipera ammodytes and Podarcis muralis

  • A juvenile Vipera ammodytes

  • The whole crew admiring the Vipera

  • A female Vipera ammodytes

  • Podarcis muralis muralis in Carinthia: 10 km southwards, at Tarvisio, the subspecies maculiventris occurs.

  • Limenitis Camilla

  • Female Lacerta viridis

    17.07.:

    Common trip with Mario, Andre, Richard, Florian and Christoph Riegler & Gerald Ochsenhofer to an Iberolacerta horvathi habitat. Later on, we had to leave and returned to Germany.

  • Iberolacerta horvathi – this time, an Austrian specimen!