Matalascanas and Acebuche (Donana)

Reptiles & amphibians

5-1996

5-1997

5-1999

4-2006

Sharp-ribbed newt

Pleurodeles waltl

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3

-

-

West Iberian painted frog

Discoglossus galganoi

-

-

2

-

Western spadefoot

Pelobates cultripes

-

-

>20

8

Natterjack

Bufo calamita

7

5

7

>10

Stripeless tree frog

Hyla merionalis

-

-

4

4

Iberian water frog

Pelophylax perezi

-

-

4

6

Spanish terrapin

Mauremys leprosa

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-

-

1

Red-eared terrapin

Trachemys scripta

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-

-

1

Moorish gecko

Tarentola mauritanica

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6

>30

>10

Large psammodromus

Psammodromus algirus

>10

5

6

>10

Spanish psammodromus

Psammodromus hispanicus

-

-

7

5

Spiny-footed lizard

Acenthodactylus erythrurus

3

>20

>10

>10

Ocellated lizard

Timon lepidus

-

-

3

-

Carbonell’s wall lizard

Podarcis carbonelli

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1

8

>10

Iberian worm lizard

Blanus cinereus

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-

1

-

Montpellier snake

Malpolon monspessulanus

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1

1

4

Ladder snake

Rhinechis scalaris

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1

1

-

Viperine snake

Natrix maura

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-

1

1

False smooth snake

Macroprotodon cucullatus

-

-

1

-

Lataste’s viper

Vipera l. gaditana

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-

-

3

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    At the entrance of the Acebuche visitors centre Kosta and Bart are too focused on photographing birds to pay attention to anything else...

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    The convenient Acebuche visitor's centre.

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    Here lives Western spadefoot, Carbonell's lizard, ocellated lizard, Spanish psammodromus, spiny footed lizard, worm lizard, Lataste's viper, Montpellier, viperine and ladder snake.

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    Carbonell's wall lizard on the wooden path of Donaña's observation post Acebuche. This picture is made in the morning before the sun got too bright.

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    Carbonell's wall lizard, looking to a mate... And yes, she's interested!

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    Same animals as the picture up...

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    Male of the large psammodromus in breeding colours: brighter yellow sidelines, blue spots
    and an orange throat.

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    Montpellier snake with prey (Large psammodromus), Donana's observation station Acebuche, 2006.

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    And yet another, semi-juvenile, Lataste's viper (V. latasti gaditana). Contrary to most other adder-species in this subspecies both sexes have a striking dorsal contrast.

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    An female Montpellier snake that has retained its vivid juvenile pattern. Most specimens
    of this snake loose their blotches as they grow older and turn close to uniform.

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    The malpolon was a nice record to share with our Belgian friends from Hyla. With so many species around, this simply was the ideal place to meet.

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    Spectaculair light, but no occasion nor time to pull over on the Highway. So this very last one was made at full speed (Arjan was driving). Andalusía, Hasta Luego

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    We were very lucky to have a sunny morning after some rainy days. Ideal conditions for Lataste's viper (subspecies gaditana) to come out of its shelter and expose itself.

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    The dunes near Matalascanas habitat of Lataste's viper, spiny footed lizard, false smooth snake and ocellated lizard.

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  • cultripes612

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    Western spadefoot. This species can best be found during a night drive. At daytime it is virtually impossible to find any, because they're burried in the loose sandy soil.

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    Surrealistic image of our final surprise. On our rush back to Madrid we made a quick stop alongside the highway to strech our legs. The Bart suddenly showed up with... a ladder-snake, a species we had missed on this trip so far. Even more surprising was the place he got it from: it came from under the concrete base of the STOP-traffic sigh.

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  • tarentola612

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    Moorish gecko's are very abundant over here. In 1999 we counted about 20 specimens on one single terrace in the village of El Rocio. And in 2006 they turned up basking on many of the poles that support the wooden footpath through Acebuche. At daytime they are much more difficult to approach than at night.

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