Southern Kresna

 

 

Reptiles & amphibians

 

5-2007

 

5-2010

Yellow-bellied toad

Bombina variegata

 

4 + eggs

   

Agile frog

Rana dalmatina

 

1

   

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

 

3

 

50+

Hermann’s tortoise

Eurotestudo hermanni

 

1

   

Spur-thighed tortoise

Testudo graeca

 

4

 

2

Green lizard

Lacerta viridis

 

A few

 

20+

Balkan wall lizard

Podarcis taurica    

 

1

Slow worm

Anguis fragilis (Melnik)    

 

1

Worm snake

Typhlops vermicularis

 

1

   

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

 

1

 

5

Dice snake

Natrix tesselata
   

 

4

Aesculapian snake

Zamenis longissimus (Melnik / Pirin)    

 

9

Nose-horned  viper

Vipera ammodytes    

 

1

European pond terrapin

Emys orbicularis    

 

ca. 10

 

 

 

 

   

Other highlights

 

 

 

   

Large copper

Lycaena dispar

 

1

   

Lattice brown

Kirinia roxelana

 

A few

   

Ivory white-legged damselfly

Platycnemis latipes

 

A few

   

 

Bradyporus dasypus

 

1

   

Grey-headed woodpecker

Picus canus

 

1

   
  • Krecnaboertje

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    One horse power.

    Krecnaboertje
  • Potje

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/669.vet

    Guido and Kosta were transported to a local camp, where they were served this lovely meat in a jar full of grease. Homemade wodka helped them to swallow the greasy mass.

    Potje
  • NikolayRupite

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    Nikolay in the Struma valley south of Kresna, habitat of leopard snake (Zamenis situla),
    sandboa (Eryx jaculus) and the impressive bush cricket Bradyporus dasypus.

    NikolayRupite
  • Rupite-TestudoGraeca-Bart-Siebelink2010

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    Here lives also Testudo graeca, to be identified by (among other features) its high front of the plastron.

    Rupite-TestudoGraeca-Bart-Siebelink2010
  • hagedisslangbul612

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    In the eastern part of Europe lives a subspecies of Montpellier snake, Malpolon monspessulanus insignitus.

    hagedisslangbul612
  • Krecna-Rupite

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    This surprisingly large bush cricket, Bradyporus dasypus (left) measured about 7 cm.
    right: there were always some large coppers around (in our country close to extinct).

    Krecna-Rupite
  • Rupite-forest

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    See how the field gradually turns to forest by a band of shrubs. This is what the edge of a forest naturally looks like. The shrubs harbour a very high biodiversity.

    Rupite-forest
  • juvsmaragd612

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    Like this juvenile green lizard (Lacerta v. viridis) taking a sunbath in a shrub.

    juvsmaragd612
  • ammodyte-rupite

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    Or this beautiful young horne nosed viper (vipera ammodytes) that Bart saw here on his revisit with a group of travellers in may 2010.

    ammodyte-rupite
  • Boris

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    Local peasant Boris Zahlipretchkov smiled and said: “I told You. No sandboa’s today
    fella’s”.

    Boris
  • Kresna-longissima-Bart-Siebelink

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    But we had a this aesculapian snake as a bonus on our revisit in 2010. This one is titled 'Greetings from Paradise'.

    Kresna-longissima-Bart-Siebelink