Noravank

 

Reptiles & amphibians

5-2009

Caucasus green Lizard

Lacerta strigata

1

Snake-eyed lacertid

Ophisops elegans

2

 

Darevskia raddei

 

Golden skink

Trachylepis auratus

1

Glass lizard

Ophisaurus apodus

10

Coin-marked snake

Hemorrhois nummifer

3

 

 

 

Other highlights

 

 

Lesser horseshoe bat

Rhinolophus hipposideros

>10

Geoffroy’s bat

Myotis emarginatus

>10

Lammergeier

Gypaetus barbatus

1

Lesser kestrel

Falco naumanni

2

 

 

 

  • Noravank

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    Kosta is admiring the Noravank-monastery (1205 A.D.) at 12 km from Areni.

    Noravank
  • AM_Noravank_valley_BV

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    Noravank valley is, at places, very narrow and surrounded by steep hillsides. Apart from the monastery, it holds an important bird area, several caves with bats, and interesting reptiles.

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  • Noravank

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    We had to crawl head to toe for about 50 meters through an extremely narrow cave in order to get some excellent close sightings of Geoffroy’s and lesser horseshoe-bats.

    Noravank
  • Noravank

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    The golden skink (Trachylepis auratus) exclusively lives between large rocks. The more exposed boulders on top are residential to the Caucasian agama (Laudakia caucasia).

    Noravank
  • AM_bluesNoravank_BV

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    Blues (Lycaenidae, Polyommatinae) gathering at a rainpool.

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  • AM_mountainmeadows_BV

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    Mountain meadows between the 2410 m high Selim pass and lake Sevan.

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