Black Seacoast (Primorsko)


 

Reptiles & amphibians

5-2007

5-2010

Balkan crested newt

Triturus karelinii

Numerous

3

Common newt

Lissotriton vulgaris

About 5

larvae

Common toad

Bufo bufo

-

1

Fire-bellied toad

Bombina bombina

> 10

Chorus

Eastern spadefoot

Pelobates syriacus

2

8

Common tree frog

Hyla arborea

chorus

3

Agile frog

Rana dalmatina

Abundant

4

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

Chorus

> 20

Edible frog

Pelophylax kl. esculentus

Some

Some

Hermann’s tortoise

Eurotestudo hermanni

3

-

Spur-thighed tortoise

Testudo graeca

3

4

European pond terrapin

Emys orbicularis

4

2

Kotschy’s gecko

Mediodactylus kotschyi

2

4

Green lizard

Lacerta viridis

Abundant

Abundant

Balkan green lizard

Lacerta trilineata

1

-

Common wall lizard

Podarcis muralis

> 10

Abundant

Balkan wall lizard

Podarcis taurica

About 10

-

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

2

1

European glass lizard

Ophisaurus apodus

About 20

6

Montpellier snake

Malpolon monspessulanus

1

1

Large whip snake

Dolichophis caspius

8

3

Reddish Whip Snake

Platyceps collaris

-

3

Aesculapian snake

Zamenis longissima

2

-

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

Abundant

> 10

Dice snake

Natrix tessellate

1

1

Nose-horned viper

Vipera ammodytes

About 20

2

Other highlights

 

 

 

Golden jackal

Canis aureus

2

-

Fallow deer

Dama dama

1

-

Red deer

Cervus elaphus

A few

-

Wild boar

Sus scrofa

A few

-

Little bittern

Ixobrychus minutus

1

-

White-headed duck

Oxyura leucocephala

 

1

Large copper

Lycaena dispar

> 10

-

Medicinal leech

Hirudo medicinalis

> 10

-

greater horseshoe bat

Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

>10

some

unidentified small horseshoe bats

Rh. hipposideros, Rh. euryale and/orR. mehelyi

abundant

some

Schreiber’s bat

Miniopterus schreibersii

some?

some

Geoffroy’s bat

Myotis emarginatus

abundant

some

European rhinoceros beetle

Oryctes nasicornis

 

1

  • Moederdochter

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    No coffee at this family shop, but plenty of smiles in stock. On our revisit in 2010 (3 years later) this shop was closed down...

    Moederdochter
  • BG_Arjansearching_BV

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    Arjan searching for herps by turning stones.

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  • BG_Ronaldsearching_BV

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    Ronald scrutinizing the vegetation. In this place we only found some green lizards (Lacerta viridis), a Kotchy’s gecko (Mediodactylus kotchyi), and a Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca).

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  • zwartezeekust612

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    One of the rare places where the forest still grows up to the sea. Habitat of reddish and caspian whipsnake, aesculapian snake and spur-tighted tortoise.

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  • Klooiplekbadhotel612

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    This never-finished building in the woods was meant to become a refuge for the last Bulgarian dictator Todor Zhirkov. But after the fall of the Berlin wall it was abandoned and left to ruin. To the grace of many animals. We saw twice a jackal here.

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  • insidehotel612

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    The dark subterranian part became a real bat hotel.

    insidehotel612
  • Bathotel

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    Standing in the bats’ flight path, Ben and Nikolay felt the beat of black wings on their ears.
    Our bat detector pointed out several species of Rhinolophus, Myotis, and Miniopterus.

    Bathotel
  • BG_MemarginatusB_BV

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    There were colonies of nine bat-species. Here Geoffroy’s bat
    (Myotis emarginatus).

    BG_MemarginatusB_BV
  • boomkikkers612

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    Common tree frogs.

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  • GRBL_vleermuis1_GL

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    We visited the bat hotel again in 2010... And off course the bats were still there...

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  • lakeprimorskoBGKP

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    A reserve alongside the main road near Primorsko. Habitat of fire-bellied toad, Balkan newt, tree frog, marsh frog, edible frog and European pond terrapin.

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  • BG_nightshot_BV

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    Same place at night. Timer shot by Ben.

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  • Knoflookpad

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    Eastern spadefoot (Pelobates syriacus) were active at night, just after a drizzling rain.

    Knoflookpad
  • Knoflookpad-Bart-Siebelink

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    Look how well it's designed for jumping. In full swing the 'fat' body turnes into a streamlined projectile.

    Knoflookpad-Bart-Siebelink
  • Bombibombina bulgarije

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    Fire-bellied toads (Bombina bombina) live in the bigger lowland waters of the coastal
    region.

    Bombibombina bulgarije
  • BL_bombinabombina_GL

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    Bombina bombina, same specimen.

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  • StrandzaL

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    Adult Male of the eastern subspecies of green lizard, Lacerta viridis meridionalis.

    StrandzaL
  • Esculaap

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    We found this Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus) in the humid undergrowth of a
    forest, less than 100 meters from a Black Sea beach.

    Esculaap
  • Ringslang II Bulgarije

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    Erect grass snake (Natrix n. persa) The most numerous snake species over here. Some days we saw over 50 specimens.

    Ringslang II Bulgarije
  • Testudo graeca

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    Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca). Differs from T. hermanni, by the (in most cases) dark head and much higher front of the plastron (better protection against falling off rocks?).

    Testudo graeca
  • BG_ticks_BV

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    Many Testudo's (here Spur-thighed tortoise) are parasitized by ticks. These "pains in the
    ass" typically gather around the hind legs and tail.

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  • kotschiiBGKP

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    Kotchy’s gecko (Mediodactylus kotchyi).

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  • ammodytes612

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    Horn nosed viper, Vipera ammodytes subspecies montandoni, can be recognized by its green tail. On the body they are less colourful than the nominate species.

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  • BG_Kirinia_BV

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    In several locations we found this eastern European specialty: the satyrid Kirinia roxelana.

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  • Hotels-Primorsko-2007

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    It's really scary to see how fast the Black Sea coast gets built full with ugly hotels. This shot is taken at 24 may 2007...

    Hotels-Primorsko-2007
  • Hotels-Primorsko-2010

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    ... and on this one, taken exactly three years later, we have two vast yellowish new blocks! (Compare the balconies that stick out of the block to the right). They were empty and looked desolated.

    Hotels-Primorsko-2010
  • Griekenland-Bulgarije 2010-5

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    Revisit Primorsko in 2010: an extremely rainy welcome!

    Griekenland-Bulgarije 2010-5
  • Griekenland-Bulgarije-2010-©BartSiebelink (54)

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    Nevertheless it had been much dryer than three years ago. These Trituris Karelini were hid much deeper into the soil than before.

    Griekenland-Bulgarije-2010-©BartSiebelink (54)
  • Griekenland-Bulgarije-2010-©BartSiebelink (44)

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    And a large toad was around

    Griekenland-Bulgarije-2010-©BartSiebelink (44)
  • Dolichophis-caspius©BartSiebelink

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    Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius) can be splendidly blue this time of the year.

    Dolichophis-caspius©BartSiebelink
  • GRBG2010_en nog warmer

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    Large boulders south of Primorsko.

    GRBG2010_en nog warmer
  • collaris2612

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    And finally we found one of flagship species: reddish whipsnake (Platyceps collaris)!

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  • GRBG2010_4611_collaris

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    Reddish whipsnake, we found 3 of these very slender and fast snakes close near de black sea coast.

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  • Collaris©BartSiebelink

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    Reddish whipsnake, with the setting sun.

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  • GRBG2010_4635_schelt_Prim

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    European glass lizard (Ophisaurus apodus) can be quite common, but is always impressive. This one was at exactly the samelocation as where we found the reddish whipsnake.

    GRBG2010_4635_schelt_Prim
  • GRBL_muurhagedis_GL

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    Common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis).

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  • Violet-Lindamore-BartSiebelink

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    Also present in the area: violet lindamore. Just a tiny little specimen of this wonderful orchid.

    Violet-Lindamore-BartSiebelink
  • GRBL_neuskoornkever3_GL

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    An European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis). An indicator of old forests.

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  • GRBL_syriacus_GL

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    Eastern spadefoot (Pelobates syriacus).

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  • Mannetjes-Bart-Siebelink

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    We left the place very fulfilled!

    Mannetjes-Bart-Siebelink