Field Report – Peloponnese – April 2011

Sunday 17 – A night in Argolis

We landed late afternoon in Athens. Time to recover the vehicle, to leave the capital and reach our first stop (Asini), the night has already fallen, and it is already time to sleep. Some time, however, to learn Sirtaki!

 

 

Flo is still learning the sirtaki with the friendly campsite manager

Flo is still learning the sirtaki with the friendly campsite manager

 

Monday 18- First day in Messenia

After a small hike around Asini, we leave for Kalamata, a famous area for the herpetofauna of Peloponnese. Despite unfavorable weather conditions (it will rain for two days), the observations will rapidly multiply on the field: Lacerta trilineata, Ophiomorus punctatissimus, Anguis cephallonicus, Hierophis gemonensis, Typhlops vermicularis.

Lacerta trilineata

Lacerta trilineata


Anguis cephallonicus

Anguis cephallonicus


 

 

Typhlops vermicularis

Typhlops vermicularis


Typhlops vermicularis

Typhlops vermicularis


 

Ophiomorus punctatissimus

Ophiomorus punctatissimus

Ophiomorus punctatissimus

Ophiomorus punctatissimus


Hierophis gemonensis

Hierophis gemonensis


Tuesday 19- Kalamata

The weather has not really improved, but sometimes the sun appears here and there. We remain in the same area in order to continue our discoveries: Algyroides moreoticus, Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelii, Ophiomorus punctatissimus, Pseudopus apodus thracius, Hellenolacerta graeca, Podarcis p. peloponnesiacus, Lacerta trilineata, Hemidactylus turcicus, Mediodactylus kotschyi, Typhlops vermicularis, Hierophis gemonensis, Platyceps najadum dahli, Eryx jaculus, Vipera ammodytes meridionalis, Testudo hermanni, Testudo marginata weissingeri … Crazy day!

Hellenolacerta graeca

Hellenolacerta graeca


Algyroides moreoticus

Algyroides moreoticus


Algyroides moreoticus

Algyroides moreoticus


Podarcis p. peloponnesiacus

Podarcis p. peloponnesiacus


Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni

Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni


Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni

Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni


Typhlops vermicularis

Typhlops vermicularis


Typhlops vermicularis

Typhlops vermicularis


Platyceps najadum dahli

Platyceps najadum dahli


A great spot for Testudo

A great spot for Testudo

Ophrys sp.

Ophrys sp.

A very young Testudo hermanni

A very young Testudo hermanni

Testudo marginata weissingeri

Testudo marginata weissingeri


Testudo marginata weissingeri

Testudo marginata weissingeri


Testudo marginata weissingeri

Testudo marginata weissingeri


 

Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelii

Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelii


 

Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelii

Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelii


 

 

Pseudopus apodus thracius

Pseudopus apodus thracius


 

A very old specimen

A very old specimen

 

Hemidactylus turcicus

Hemidactylus turcicus


 

 

An other adult

An other adult


 

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis


 

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis


Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

 

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis


Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis


Eryx jaculus turcicus

Eryx jaculus turcicus


Eryx jaculus turcicus

Eryx jaculus turcicus


Eryx jaculus turcicus

Eryx jaculus turcicus

 

Two youngs specimens

Wednesday 20 – Pylos

A final trip to the mountains, then we take off for the area of ??Pylos, with a marked change of scenery, and some new species: Rana graeca, Pelophylax kurtmuelleri, Bufo viridis, Ablepharus kitaibelli, Pseudopus apodus, Lacerta trilineata, Chamaeleo africanus, Mediodactylus kotschyi, Natrix tesselata, Emys orbicularis hellenica , Mauremys rivulata.

An old church near Saidona

An old church near Saidona

Rana graeca

Rana graeca


A great spot near Pylos

A great spot near Pylos

 

Emys orbicularis hellenica

Emys orbicularis hellenica


Pelophylax kurtmuelleri

Pelophylax kurtmuelleri


A very old boat...

A very old boat…

Mauremys rivulata

Mauremys rivulata


Bufo viridis

Bufo viridis


Chamaeleo africanus

Chamaeleo africanus


Chamaeleo africanus

Chamaeleo africanus


Chamaeleo africanus

Chamaeleo africanus


Thursday 21 – Corinth

We leave this fabulous area of Peloponnese to reach the eastern Peloponnese, where we expect other discoveries in the province of Corinth. We are not disappointed, this sector is equally extraordinary: Bufo viridis, Pelophylax kurtmuelleri, Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais, Podarcis tauricus, Hellenolacerta graeca, Lacerta trilineata, Anguis cephallonicus, Mediodactylus kotschyi, Typhlops vermicularis Zamenis situla, Testudo hermanni.

Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais

Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais


Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais

Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais


Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni

Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni


Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni

Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni


Lacerta trilineata trilineata

Lacerta trilineata trilineata


Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais

Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais


A big male

A big male

 

Podarcis tauricus ionicus

Podarcis tauricus ionicus


Hellenolacerta graeca

Hellenolacerta graeca

Zamenis situla

Zamenis situla


Zamenis situla

Zamenis situla


Zamenis situla

Zamenis situla

 


Friday 22 – Corinth

After a very cold night ;-), we attempt to warm us pursuing our research! Salamandra salamandra, Hyla arborea, Podarcis muralis, Podarcis tauricus, Hellenolacerta graeca, Lacerta trilineata, Anguis cephallonicus, Mediodactylus kotschyi, Natrix natrix persa , Natrix tesselata, Zamenis situla, many observations, with a focus on the discovery of a huge Telescopus fallax! Ultimately, time forces us to take off quickly to the peninsula of Agios, the last leg of our trip.

 

Podarcis m. muralis & Podarcis tauricus ionicus

Podarcis m. muralis & Podarcis tauricus ionicus


Hellenolacerta graeca

Hellenolacerta graeca


Hyla arborea

Hyla arborea


Telescopus fallax

Telescopus fallax


Telescopus fallax

Telescopus fallax

 


Telescopus fallax

Telescopus fallax

 


Natrix natrix persa

Natrix natrix persa


Zamenis situla

Zamenis situla

 


Saturday 24 – Agios Peninsula

The peninsula of Agios is the hotspot of Chalcides ocellatus, a specie highly expected. In fact, C. ocellatus is very abundant here, and several specimens are quickly discovered. Despite a very cold wind unfriendly for our finding, we will be able to observe Bufo viridis, Chalcides ocellatus, Malpolon insignitus, Testudo graeca, Testudo marginata. Despite all, herpetofauna of this area seems a little less rich than in the southern Peloponnese. But this is perhaps the impression of a day …

 

Malpolon insignitus

Malpolon insignitus


Testudo graeca

Testudo graeca


A good place in the Argolis peninsula

A good place in the Argolis peninsula

Clutchs of Bufo viridis

Clutchs of Bufo viridis

 

Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus

Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus


Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus

Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus


 

 

Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus

Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus


And the team !

And the team !

In conclusion, the Peloponnese is an absolutely wonderful place for amphibians and reptiles. Highly recommended!

Amphibians (5) :
Salamandra salamandra salamandra (larva only)
Bufo viridis
Hyla arborea arborea
Rana graeca
Pelophylax kurtmuelleri

Reptiles (30) :
Emys orbicularis (ssp ?)
Mauremys rivulata
Testudo hermanni boettgeri
Testudo graeca
Testudo marginata marginata
Testudo marginata weissingeri
Chamaeleo africanus
Anguis cephallonicus
Pseudopus apodus thracius
Hemidactylus turcicus turcicus
Mediodactylus kotschyi bibroni
Algyroides moreoticus
Hellenolacerta graeca
Lacerta trilineata trilineata
Podarcis muralis muralis
Podarcis peloponnesiacus peloponnesiacus
Podarcis peloponnesiacus thais
Podarcis tauricus ionicus
Ablepharus kitaibelli kitaibelli
Chalcides ocellatus ocellatus
Ophiomorus punctatissimus
Eryx jaculus turcicus
Elaphe quatorlineata (muenteri ?) (an escaped animal only)
Hierophis gemonensis
Malpolon insignitus (fuscus ?)
Natrix natrix persa
Natrix tessellata
Platyceps najadum dahlii
Telescopus fallax fallax
Zamenis situla
Typhlops vermicularis
Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

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  1. jogos de moto 17 avril 2014 at 21 h 14 min #

    j’aime trouver ces photos sur votre site web. merci pour le partage de cette belle galerie. j’aime.

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