Field Report – Two week in South of Morocco – May 2015 – Part One

Exceptionally, we deciced to make a herp trip during spring. Of course, it’s the better moment for herp trips, but we are also very busy in our respective works… But hey, for one! So here we go for two weeks in south Morocco, and a good opportunity to meet Abdou, a young moroccan herper, specialist of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus.

For this trip, we have to thanks to Hugo Cayuela, Pierre-André Crochet, Frank Deschandol, Pierre Rivallin, Mario Schweiger, Jean-Yves Vaucher, Gerrit Jan Verspui and of course Abdellah Bouazza !

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Go to part three.

All pictures by Maud, Matthieu Berroneau & Abdellah Bouazza.

Step 1: High Atlas

High Atlas is a good opportunity to see many endemic species. These include in particular Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus, Atlantolacerta andreanskyi or Vipera monticola… And its a good step before the high temperature of south morocco!

First stop in High Atlas

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Female of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus

A dead Hyalosaurus koellikeri

 

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A large Psammodromus algirus

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Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus & Podarcis vaucheri

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Male…

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… and female of Podarcis vaucheri

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Typical male of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus

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Young and shy Timon tanginatus

Hyla meridionalis

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Lot of Pelophylax saharicus here…

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Young Natrix maura

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Beautiful landscape of Oukaimeden

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Numerous Scelarcis perspicillata

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Beautiful male

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History is here

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Atlantolacerta andreanskyi

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Atlantolacerta andreanskyi

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Nesting site of Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus

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… and the guardian

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Chalcides montanus

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Close-up

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Male of Vipera monticola

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Female of Vipera monticola

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Time to eat

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Discoglossus scovazzi

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Variability of Discoglossus scovazzi

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Have to back to Marrakech

 

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Last landscape in High Atlas

Step 2: Road to Ouarzazate

After a stop to marrakech, it’s time to go to Ouarzazate. Our goal is mainly Cerastes cerastes… and anything else! Abdou stays with us again one day before back to Marrakech for work.

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Saurodactylus brosetii

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Abdou with Agama impalearis

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Chalcides polylepis

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Chalcides polylepis

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Agama impalearis

 

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Mauremys leprosa leprosa

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Tizi-n-Tichka

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Agama impalearis

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First Ptyodactylus oudrii

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Amietophrynus mauritanicus

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Pelophylax saharicus

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Singing male of Pelophylax saharicus

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Bufotes boulengeri

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Welcome in Ouarzazate!

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Beautiful Cerastes cerastes

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Cerastes shooting

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Cerastes cerastes in habitat

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The last picture of the day

 

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Amphibiens

Pelophylax saharicus
Amietophrynus mauritanicus
Bufotes boulengeri
Barbarophryne brongersmai
Discoglossus scovazzi
Hyla meridionalis

 

Reptiles

Mauremys l. leprosa
Mauremys l. saharica
Testudo graeca
Chamaeleo chamaeleon
Chalcides montanus
Chalcides ocellatus
Chalcides polylepis
Chalcides sphenopsiformis (tracks only)
Scincus albifasciatus (tracks only)
Eumeces algeriensis
Hyalosaurus koellikeri (dead one)
Acanthodactylus aureus
Acanthodactylus boskianus
Acanthodactylus pardalis maculatus
Acanthodactylus pardalis busacki
Mesalina olivieri
Psammodromus algirus algirus
Ptyodactylus oudrii
Saurodactylus brosetii
Tropiocolotes algericus
Stenodactylus mauritanicus
Tarentola boehmei
Tarentola chazalie
Tarentola mauritanica juliae
Tarentola mauritanica mauritanica
Tarentola mauritanica pallida
Quedenfeldtia moerens
Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus
Atlantolacerta andreanskyi
Podarcis vaucheri
Scelarcis perspicillata
Timon tanginatus
Agama impalearis
Trapelus boehmei
Uromastyx nigriventris
Natrix maura
Hemorrhois hippocrepis
Psammophis schokari
Rhagerhis moilensis (DOR)
Spalerosophis dolichospilus
Lytorhynchus diadema
Macroprotodon brevis (DOR)
Malpolon monspessulanus monspessulanus
Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus
Vipera monticola
Cerastes cerastes
Bitis arietans
Echis leucogaster

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