Goravan Sands

 

Reptiles & Amphibians

 

05-2009

06-2012

 

 

 

 

Spur-thighed tortoise

Testudo graeca

1

-

Caucasian agama

Laudakia caucasia

>10

-

Persian toad-head agama

Phrynocephalus persicus

4

-

Pleske’s runner

Eremias pleskei

>50

1

Strauch’s runner

Eremias strauchi

>10

4

Golden skink

Trachylepis aurata

2

-

Blunt-nosed viper

Macrovipera lebetina

1

-

 

 

 

 

 Other Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 lesser mouse-eared bat

 Myotis blythii

 

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  • AM_Goravan_BV

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/789.jpg

    Goravan Sands, one of the few semi-desert areas in Armenia.

    AM_Goravan_BV
  • AR_platkopagame2_GL

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/159.jpg

    Persian toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus persicus)

    AR_platkopagame2_GL
  • padkop2beste

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/104.jpg

    Persian toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus persicus): excellent camouflage!

    padkop2beste
  • Goravan

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/56.pleski

    Pleske's runner (Eremias pleski), subadult. Note the contrast on the back and the yellow tail.

    Goravan
  • pleksiis

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/103.jpg

    Pleske's runner (Eremias pleski) mating. The vivid juvenile colours fade as they get older.

    pleksiis
  • Goravan

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/57.lebetina

    A large blunt-nosed viper (Macrovipera lebetina obtusa) of about 1 meter in length.

    Goravan
  • agama3

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/102.jpg

    Caucasian agama's were nodding their heads on boulders in order to impress territorial rivals.

    agama3
  • GL_EremiasStrauchi_AR

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/1183.jpg

    In 2012 we also found this Strauch’s runner (Eremias strauchi).

    GL_EremiasStrauchi_AR
  • Grasshopper©BartSiebelink

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/1210.jpg

    and Bart re-found this amazing grasshopper that he felt short of time to portray it when he first saw it in 2009. It lingered in his mind ever since.

    Grasshopper©BartSiebelink
  • Armenië_kevers_Goravan©BartSiebelink2012-20

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/1236.jpg

    Together with a bunch of beetles. We've been guessing about the reason for their gathering. Is it because of reproduction or scarcity of flowers?

    Armenië_kevers_Goravan©BartSiebelink2012-20
  • Arm12_00982_BV

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    Part of the area suffers from industrial activities.

    Arm12_00982_BV
  • Arm12_00975

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    Ronald and his snake tong, surrounded by fields of Stipa grass.

    Arm12_00975