End of 2010, we decided to perform a wide trip of two weeks in the south Spain.
Saturday 16 – takeoff
The road, very long, should be stopped midway. This will be done in the area of Zaragoza, on a site already visited in 2009.
Wind and cold did not allow many observations: Bufo calamita, Natrix maura and Rinechis scalaris (DOR).
Sunday 17 – Murcia
In the end of the afternoon, we reach the province of Murcia, hotspot of Timon lepidus nevadensis. We decide to spend the night near a ruin that looks interesting for herpeto. The observations of the evening will be Pelophylax perezi, Bufo calamita, Psammodromus algirus, Macroprotodon brevis.
Monday 18 – Road to the park « las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas »
We remain near the ruin until noon with success: Testudo graeca, Podarcis hispanicus, and especially a beautiful female Timon lepidus nevadensis!
In the park, we soon discover a some Alytes dickhinelli, Pelophylax perezi and larva of Salamandra salamandra.
Tuesday 19 – The park « las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas »
After a night … very cool, we start looking for the highly expected Algyroides marchi. The lizard will be discovered in the late morning on the banks of a river. Beautiful lizard!
Wednesday 20 – Arrival at Doñana … we’ve got a problem
In the morning, we decide to take the road to Doñana, the farthest point of our trip. When we arrived there, unfortunately we will lose the car keys … despite several hours of research, we can not put hands on it. I must say that we rarely borrow marked trails, and it is almost impossible to remember all the way! We must resolve to call a tow truck, and it is more than four days we will stuck in the village of Pilas, waiting new keys…
Thursday 21 – Friday 22 – Doñana
With nothing to move, and very little equipment, we have to wait in the Pilas village. We try few walks around the village, but the environments are not very interesting … We will succeed, however, the observation of a Podarcis hispanicus type 2, but was unable to photograph it! For sure it’s not a good end of week !
Saturday 23 – Finally something to go away!
Saturday morning we learn that the keys of the car will not arrive before Monday! So we decide to go on our own in Seville, in aim to rent a car. After many adventures, we finally driving a rental car. Go to the beach! We arrive to a site Chamaeleo chamaeleon in the night, nevertheless we quickly find a beautiful adult!
Sunday, October 24 – Doñana
This sunday, we decided to spend all day at the seaside and observations will be very numerous: B. calamita, Podarcis vaucheri, Podaris carbonneli, Acanthodactylus erythrurus, Tarentola mauritanica, Timon lepidus, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, Malpolon monspessulanus, and a nice mark of Vipera latastei gadatina! But nothing to do, the animal was not found. We also find a corpse of Caretta caretta, and evening, several Pelobates cultripes.
Monday 25 – North of Seville
Monday morning, we can finally get the new keys of our car. After a final passage on the beach, we head for the north to continue the discoveries: Acanthodactylus erythrurus, Psammodromus algirus, Podarcis carbonelli, Tarentola mauritanica, Hemidactylus turcicus, Blanus mariae, Rinechis scalaris, Macroprotodon brevis.
Tuesday 26 – on the road to Monfragüe
Tuesday morning, we depart to Monfragüe, stopping here and there on spots that seem good for herpetofauna. The observations will be mainly on amphibians: Lissotriton boscai, Hyla meridionalis, Pelophylax perezi, Alytes cisternasii, Mauremys leprosa, and especially the highly expected Discoglossus galganoi!
Mercredi 27 – Monfragüe park
We’ve gone to Monfragüe in 2009, but the joy is always the same in arriving to these site. Research has mainly referred Pleurodeles waltl, not photographed in 2009. Observations: Alytes cisternasii, Pelophylax perezi, Podarcis hispanicus, Psammodromus algirus, Timon lepidus, Natrix maura. The big mistake of the day was to forget to photograph Blanus cinereus, repeatedly observed. I had forgotten that the Blanus of Andalusia was different of this one!
Thursday 28 – Peña de Francia
Thursday, we decided to return in the lands of Iberolacerta martinezricai. Unfortunately without success. The weather is not very good, and the observations made concern Pelophylax perezi and Hyla molleri. We decide to slowly return to France… The back road is faraway!
Discoglossus jeannae (tadpoles)
Blanus cinereus (nt pictured…)
Chamaeleo chamaeleon (crazy!)
Algyroides marchi (crazy too!)
Timon lepidus nevadensis
Hemorrois hippocrepis (Skin or DOR…)
Rinechis scalaris ((Skin or DOR…)
Skins of Vipera latastei…