With some friends, Jérôme and me decided to spend few days in north-west of Spain. No specifics goals, just hope to have fun and take good pictures.
First day – north of Castilla y Leon:
The first surprise was the weather, which was too hot for good herping. Neverless, we found some interesting reptiles. Overall, we saw Chalcides striatus, Podarcis liolepis, Lacerta schreiberi, Timon lepidus, Coronella girondica, Vipera aspis zinnikeri, but also Pelophylax perezi and Triturus marmoratus, but, unfortunately, only a skin of Vipera latastei.
2nd day – road to Picos de Europa:
After high temperatures, lot of rain ! On arrival, the weather deteriorated rapidly… We just have had few minutes to see Salamandra s. bernardezi, Anguis fragilis and three Vipera seoanei. We spent the night in the mountains and saw lot of amphibians : S. s. bernardezi, Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi, Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni and Rana temporaria parvipalmata.
3rd day – center of Asturias:
Because of bad weather, we decided to run to the south, in goal to find the sun. It will’nt for this day, and it was very hard to see one lizard !! Overall we found this day : S. s. bernardezi, S. s. alfredschmidti, Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi, Chioglossa lusitanica longipes, Rana temporaria parvipalmata, Alytes obstetricans, Anguis fragilis, Podarcis muralis brongniardii, and just before the night, Vipera seoanei (probably V. s. seoanei). To cold, to windy, to wet, we finished the night in a small hotel…
Part two is here : Field Report – One week in North-West of Spain – September 2012 – Part 2/2