Field Report – Small trip in North Spain – June 2011

June 2011, we decided to make a short trip of five days, in two hotspots of spanish herpetofauna. The first, in the north of Burgos, is known for the presence of three species of Vipera in a very small aera, with hybridizations included! The second is Peña de Francia, where we expected Iberolacerta martinezricai, the rarest and most difficult to find spanish Iberolacerta.

Wednesday, June 1 – San Sebastian

On the road, we make a first stop in the Spanish Basque country. The opportunity to enjoy numerous and very typical Podarcis liolepis sebastiani, with different form those found in some areas on the French side.

 

Podarcis liolepis sebastiani

 

Friday, June 3 – North Burgos

The north of Burgos is an incredible interface of many climates and environments, which leads to the presence of many species. For example we found Salamandra salamandra bejarae, Alytes obstetricans, Pelophylax perezi, Anguis fragilis, Chalcides striatus, Lacerta schreiberi, Timon lepidus, Coronella austriaca, Vipera aspis zinnikeri, Vipera latastei. We also find some individuals of hybrid aspis / latastei … Not easy to decide between the different forms!

Lacerta schreiberi alt

Lacerta schreiberi

 

Lacerta schreiberi

Lacerta schreiberi


Maybe Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

Maybe Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

 

Saturday, June 4 – North Burgos -> On the road to Peña de Francia

In the morning we keep visiting to the area of Burgos, with much success. But the weather changes quickly and inviting us to go to the south, and to quickly reach Peña de Francia. A trip is richly rewarded, because this is finally the opportunity to observe Iberolacerta martinericai, that we never managed to find so far!

 

 

Vipera latastei

Vipera latastei

 

Vipera latastei

Vipera latastei


Vipera latastei

Vipera latastei


Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

 


Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

Vipera aspis x Vipera latastei

 

 

Yes, the first Iberolacerta martinezricai !

Yes, the first Iberolacerta martinezricai !

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

 

Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Rana iberica

Rana iberica


Triturus pygmaeus

Triturus pygmaeus

 


Sunday, June 5 – Peña de Francia

The evening before was too short to achieve the desired photos, so we decided to return the site to spend the morning. The opportunity to observe lot of adults, including large males. Unfortunately, it is already time to go, and we return during the afternoon to Burgos, where we spend the night before returning to France …

 

Psammodromus algirus

Psammodromus algirus

 


Podarcis hispanicus type 1B

Podarcis hispanicus type 1B

 

Podarcis hispanicus type 1B

Podarcis hispanicus type 1B

 

Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Prunella modularis

Prunella modularis

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Iberolacerta martinezricai

Iberolacerta martinezricai

 


Lacerta schreiberi

Lacerta schreiberi

 


Lacerta schreiberi

Lacerta schreiberi

 


Lacerta schreiberi

Lacerta schreiberi

 


Back to Burgos, some new snakes were waiting us along the stone walls!

Vipera aspis zinnikeri

Vipera aspis zinnikeri

 


Vipera aspis zinnikeri

Vipera aspis zinnikeri

 

 

Amphibians (5):
Salamandra salamandra bejarae
Triturus pygmaeus
Alytes obstetricans
Pelophylax perezi
Rana iberica

Reptiles (13) :
Anguis fragilis
Chalcides striatus
Iberolacerta martinezricai
Podarcis liolepis sebastiani
Podarcis liolepis robustus
Podarcis guadarramae lusitanicus
Psammodromus algirus
Lacerta schreiberi
Timon lepidus
Coronella austriaca
Malpolon monspessulanus
Vipera aspis zinnikeri
Vipera latastei
Vipera aspis / latastei

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