Observations around Yerevan (Geghard, Garni, Hatice)

 

Reptiles & amphibians

05-2009

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

5

Green toad

Bufo viridis

1

Levant green lizard

Lacerta media

3

Caucasus green Lizard

Lacerta strigata

2

Snake-eyed lacertid

Ophisops elegans

 

Darevskia raddei

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Darevskia nairensis

2

Slow worm

Anguis fragilis

1

Glass lizard

Ophisaurus apodus

9

Schneider’s skink

Eumeces schneideri

2

Worm snake

Typhlops vermicularis

7

Collared dwarf snake

Eirenis collaris

9

Dotted dwarf snake

Eirenis punctatolineatus

1

Spotted whip snake

Hemorrhois ravergieri

1

Schmidt’s whip snake

Dolichophis schmidti

2

Dice snake

Natrix tessellata

1

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

1

Armenian viper

Montivipera raddei

4

Blunt-nosed viper

Macrovipera lebetina

1

 

Other highlights

 

 

Laughing dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

1

Egyptian vulture

Neophron percnopterus

2

Finsch’s wheatear

Oenanthe finschii

2

Krupers’s nuthatch

Sitta krueperi

1

  • 2

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    View on tremendous Mount Ararat (5160 m). On the foreground outskirts of the Armenian capital city Yerevan. The Ararat lies not in Armenia but in eastern Turkey.

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    The famous Geghard monastery (1215 A.D.) is a one hour drive from Yerevan. Here we found Darevskia raddei raddei, Hierophis ravergieri, Anguis fragilis and Ophisaurus apodus.

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    From the inside the monasteries are very pure and 'alive' in terms of generations lighting candles.

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    Much older than Geghard is the nearby Hellenistic ancient village of Garni (8th century BC). In spite of the drizzling rain Guido found four Ophisaurus apodus here.

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    An embarassing tourist attraction: five beech martins, one lynx, three unidentified black martens, two foxes and a wolf.

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    A few kilometres further on we reached the semi-arid Asian mountain steppe. Here we found Eirenis collaris and Natrix tessellata.

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    On the right you see Guido searching. Here we found Eumeces schneideri, Ophisops elegans, Typhlops vermicularis, Dolichophis schmidti and a subadult Macrovipera lebetina obtusa. 

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    And this rocky canyon is the scene on the right. What a geomorphological diversity! No wonder that we found so many species here (it only started to rain too soon).

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    These are the steppe hills that you see on the left side of the former picture.

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    Adult male of Darevskia raddei raddei on the walls of the Geghard monastery parking place. We didn't expect this species to be so beautiful!

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    Our first blunt nosed viper (Macrovipera lebetina), a very small subadult, found under a stone.

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    Spotted whipsnake Hierophis ravergieri, the blue eye means that the snake will shed within short time.

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    Marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibunda) in a dirty ditch outside Yerevan.

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    At Geghard we nearly stepped on this splendid male of Anguis fragilis colchicus, the southeast-European subspecies of the slow worm.

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    Male Levant green lizard, Lacerta media. It is taller and more slender than Lacerta strigata. In spring the males have blue spots only on the sides of the throat.

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    Marine (right) and her student Anna Vardanyan (left) taking measurements of Darevskia-lizards. In the background Guido is preparing his shot of Hierophis ravergieri.

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    Green toad (Bufo viridis) was found only on hills and far from water.

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    Lonelyness is greeting you in this spontaneous landscape.

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    Beautiful landscape, no fences, no big agricultural machines. Habitat of Eumeces schneideri, Lacerta media, Ophisaurus apodus, Typhlops vermicularis and Macrovipera lebetina obtusa.

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    Pelyphaea tournefortii, an interesting parasitic plant (Orobanchaceae) with a limited distribution.

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  • Jerevan

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    This young (2 inch) praying mantid Empusa fasciata blends up with the substrate, but against the air its alien-like silhouette can't be denied.

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    Couple of blues (Polyommatus escheri?) courtshipping on Verbascum.

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  • Jerevan

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    Going up again for the Armenia mountain viper (Montivipera raddei radei). This time we joined the professional researchers Jeff Ettling, Levan Aghasyan and Matt Edgar.

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    And here it is the Armenian viper (montivipera raddei). A robust and colourful viper with its typical "eyebrows".

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    On this picture the typical eyebrows of the Armenian viper show off a little clearer.

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    Our anchorpoint in the streets of Yerevan: the white Lada of Marine.

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    Crossing the road in Yerevan is a matter of concentration, quick reaction and trust.

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  • Jerevan

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    Emergency call from... the barber?

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    People are very friendly.

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