Lovćen

 

Reptiles & Amphibians

 

06-2011

common newt

Lissotriton vulgaris

>20

Macedonian crested newt

Triturus macedonicus

>10

marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

>10

common tree frog

Hyla arborea

calling

Hermann’s tortoise

Testudo hermanni

3

Greek slow worm

Angius graeca

2

Eastern green lizard

Lacerta viridis

>30

sharp-snouted lizard

Dalmatolacerta oxycephala

>25

Mosor rock lizard

Dinarolacerta mosorensis

5

common wall lizard

Podarcis muralis

20

Dalmatian algyroides

Algyroides nigropunctatus

5

Balkan whip snake

Hierophis gemonensis

1

four-lined snake

Elaphe quatuorlineata

2

smooth snake

Coronella austriaca

1

grass snake

Natrix natrix

2

nose-horned viper

Vipera ammodytes

1

 

 

 

Other highlights

 

 

 

 

 

large tortoiseshell

Nymphalis polychloros

1

hhite helleborine

Cephalanthera damasonium

 

  • © Bart Siebelink2011-54

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    One of our first sharp-snouted lizards (Dalmatolacerta oxycephala). Males can be brilliantly blue on the head, to greenish marbled on the back. Both sexes have a turquoise tail.

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    After a while they lost their shyness.

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    Male and female sharp-snouted lizard (Dalmatolacerta oxycephala).

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    A close-up portrait of Mister Sharp Snout.

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  • Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-16

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    Large white butterfly caught in the flight.

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  • © Bart Siebelink2011-49

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    A juvenile slow worm. It lives in a kind of microscopic atmosphere of halftone light between the leaflitter, where it feeds on small snails and other invertebrates.

    © Bart Siebelink2011-49
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    Do you see the large boulder in the middle of this picture? Just half an hour before this cloudburst, there were some Dinarolacerta mosorensis basking on those very rocks.

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    The sought-after endemic Mosor rock lizard (Dinarolacerta mosorensis). They were hard to find if you still have to learn where to look for this species. Once found they were even harder to approach...

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  • Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-15

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    Mosor rock lizard (Dinarolacerta mosorensis).

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    Mosor rock lizard (Dinarolacerta mosorensis), the closest we could get.

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    Typical D. mosorensis habitat in Lovćen N.P. These razor sharp rocks can seriously damage your hands.

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  • Montenegro_©_Bart_Siebelink2011-31

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    We found this adult four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) between loose rocks that were scattered around by a former avalanche on a meadow in Lovćen.

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    A juvenile four-lined snake (Elaphe Quatuorlineata)

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    A juvenile four-lined snake (Elaphe Quatuorlineata)

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    Our only option for Cetinje: hotel Grand. It was indeed 'grand', but probably lost its grandeur when business fell back after the communist days. We nevertheless enjoyed the atmosphere, the impressive 20m wide reception desk, and the waiters doing their best for us.

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  • Montenegro_©_Bart_Siebelink2011-30

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    Hermann's tortoise crossed our path during a shower of warm rain. This was an excellent photo opportunity, because the rain gave the animal a nice polish and brightened up its colours.

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  • Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-13

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    One of the pools that contained high concentrations of common and Macedonian crested newt (Triturus macedonicus).

    Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-13
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    Macedonian crested cewt (Triturus macedonicus) was abundant in two pools that were next to each other. Mating season is over, the dorsal crest is already resorbed.

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    The other newt we found in the same pool: common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris graeca). Note the dark webbing between the hind toes and the rusty line in the neck of this beautifully coloured male.

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  • Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-12

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    Leaving the field. Still ignorant of the last surprise of the day...

    Bart Siebelink@Montenegro2011-12
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    Dalmatian algyroides (Algyroides nigropunctatus) catching the last sun on top of an old wall bordering a shady part of the trail back to our minibus.

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    We took position, placed our tripods and waited for Dalmatian algyroides (Algyroides nigropunctatus) to come out of its shelter, which it soon did. Curious as most lizards are.

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