Field Report – One week in Morocco for a snake trip – October 2016 – Part Two

All pictures by Laurent Barthe, Abdellah Bouazza, Philippe Legay & me of course ;-).

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Step 2 : Go the South-East and the rocky deserts

The second part of the trip concerns the sector  of Assa, where I found a white-bellied carpet viper Echis leucogaster in May. Despite our efforts, no Echis this time. Even Uromastyx, usually so abundant in the area, are now rare! Finally, we find a Sahara horned viper, Cerastes cerastes, but unfortunatly for Laurent… without horns ! This is the form called « mutilata », an usual form in the area. Finally, a fast run allows me to capture a beautifully colored adult of Uromastyx. And it is already time to join the sandy desert now, the entrance to the Sahara!

La deuxième partie concerne la visite du secteur d’Assa, où j’avais trouvé Echis leucogaster en mai dernier. Malgré nos efforts, pas d’Echis cette fois-ci. Même les Uromastyx, si abondants habituellement dans le secteur, sont aujourd’hui plutôt rares ! Finalement, nous trouvons une Vipère à cornes, Cerastes cerastes, mais au grand dam de Laurent… sans cornes ! Il s’agit de la forme dite « mutilata », a priori assez fréquente dans le secteur. Une course effrénée permet aussi la capture d’un adulte d’Uromastyx superbement coloré. Et il est déjà temps de rejoindre le désert de sable désormais, l’entrée du Sahara !

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The road to Assa

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Great landscape

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The first Uromastyx for Laurent, a young one

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The English team is here too !

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Our hostel

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Stenodactylus mauritanicus

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Yes! Cerastes cerastes…

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… but mutilata form

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Desappointed Laurent ?

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A phone picture…

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… and it’s time to release the small beast!

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Curious local people

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Ptyodactylus oudrii

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Tropiocolotes algericus

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Oenanthe moesta

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An another young Uromastyx nigriventris

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The small Mesalina guttulata

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Beautiful adult Uromastyx nigriventris

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Have to run to catch this one!

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Be careful he wants to bite you Philippe!

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Two dogs fell in a large tank. After many minutes of stress, we finally manage to save this dogs, using rope and old board…

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Gas shortage! Fortunately it is still possible to find what you need here…

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An other dog… Impossible to save this one…

 

 

All pictures by Laurent Barthe, Abdellah Bouazza, Philippe Legay & me of course ;-).

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Amphibians

Pelophylax saharicus
Sclerophrys mauritanicus
Bufotes boulengeri

 

Reptiles

Testudo graeca

Agama impalearis
Acanthodactylus aureus
Acanthodactylus busacki

Chalcides mionecton trifasciatus
Chalcides polylepis
Chalcides sphenopsiformis
Mesalina guttulata
Ptyodactylus oudrii
Saurodactylus brosseti
Stenodactylus mauritanicus
Tarentola boehmei
Tarentola chazaliae
Tarentola mauritanica juliae
Tarentola mauritanica pallida
Tropiocolotes algericus
Uromastyx nigriventris

Bitis arietans
Cerastes cerastes
Cerastes vipera
Hemorrhois hippocrepis
Lytorhynchus diadema
Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus
Myriopholis algeriensis
Naja haje legionis
Psammophis schokari

 

Birds

Tadorna ferruginea
Anas platyrhynchos
Alectoris barbara
Phalacrocorax carbo marrocanus
Bubulcus ibis
Egretta garzetta
Casmerodius alba
Ardea cinerea
Platalea leucorodia
Phoenicopterus roseus
Circus aeruginosus
Accipiter nisus
Buteo rufinus
Aquila chrysaetos
Aquila pennatus
Pandion haliaetus
Falco tinnunculus
Haematopus ostralegus
Burhinus oedicnemus
Charadrius dubius
Charadrius hiaticula
Charadrius alexandrinus
Pluvialis squatarola
Calidris alba
Calidris ferruginea
Calidris alpina
Limisa lapponica
Numenius phaeopus
Numenius arquata
Tringa totanus
Tringa nebularia
Tringa ochropus
Chroicocephalus riibundus
Chroicocephalus genei
Larus audouinii
Larus fuscus
Larun michahellis
Hydroprogne caspia
Streptopelia decaoctos
Athene noctua
Meros apiaster
Upupa epops
Ammomanes deserti
Alaemon alaudipes
Ramphocoris clotbey
Galerida theklae
Hirundo rustica
Anthus trivialis
Motacilla flava
Motacilla alba
Pycnonotus barbatus
Erythacus rubecula
Phoenicurus moussieri
Saxicola torquatus
Oenanthe oenanthe
Oenanthe hispanica
Oenanthe deserti
Oenanthe moesta
Oenanthe leucopyga
Oenanthe leucura
Turdus merula

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