Table 2: Hopa and Borca

 

Reptiles & amphibians

05-2013

Caucasian Salamander

Mertensiella caucasica

larvae

Long-legged Wood Frog

Rana Macrocnemis

1

Common Tree Frog

Hyla arborea

calling

Caucasian Toad

Bufo verrucosissimus

2

Green Toad

Pseudepidalea viridis

1 + larvae

Clarks’ lizard

Darevskia clarkorum

2

Derjugin’s lizard

Darevskia derjugini

>10

Spiny-tailed lizard

Darevskia rudis

>40

Red-bellied Lizard

Darevskia parvula

>20

Levant Green Lizard

Lacerta media

3

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

4

Aesculapian Snake

Zamenis longissimus

2

Smooth Snake

Coronella austriaca

7

Grass Snake

Natrix n. persa

1

“Large Headed Grass Snake”

Natrix megalocephala

2

Dice Snake

Natrix tessellata

2

Dahl’s Whip Snake

Platyceps najadum

2

Caspian Whip Snake

Dolichophis caspius

3

Caucasus Viper

Vipera kaznakovi

2

Transcaucasian Long-Nosed Viper

Vipera transcaucasiana

3

 

 

 

Other highlights

 

 

 

  • borca612

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    Towns in thos part of Turkey are not known for their great architecure, but they have an atmosphere of their own. We certainly appreciated the lively center of this town, Borçka.

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  • borcaeten612

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    Having a Turkish pizza in Borçka.

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  • KP_TR13_01925_BV

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    Atatürk keeping an eye on the barber. View from our dinner table.

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  • KP_TR13_01624_BV

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    Beer is not served in most places. Instead, Bart and Arjan tried to get used to strong tea with loads of sugar.

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  • KP_TR13_01454_BV

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    A typical countryside landscape, not far from Hopa. We see tea plantations, straggling villages, forested steep slopes on the far backdrop and a hazy sky. An endangered species such as Vipera kaznakovi can hardly persist in these tea plantations.

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  • KP_TR13_01604_BV

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    Tea pickers at work. The leaves are collected in large bags. In steep areas they are often transported by cable railways. The yellowish colour hue in the upper part is caused by the untreated plants.

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  • KP_TR13_01610_BV

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    The mountains in this part of NE-Turkey are generally steep and difficult to access, and many of the forest have still kept their pristinity. Typical mixed forests here include oriental beech (Fagus orientalis) and oriental spruce (Picea orientalis). In the lower left corner: a hazelnut grove.

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  • KP_TR13_01593_BV

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    Arjan chasing Darevskia's.

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  • darrudisman612

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    Darevskia rudis

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  • darevrudisman612

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    Darevskia rudis

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  • KP_TR13_01927_transc_BV

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    Ronald looking for Vipera transcaucasiana on a south-facing slope not far from Borçka. It was the right place and right time, apparently: we soon found a male and a female.

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  • viptranscauc1612

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    Vipera transcaucasiana

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  • Vipera_transkaucasiana_Turkey_©_Bart_Siebelink2013-7

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    Vipera transcaucasiana

    Vipera_transkaucasiana_Turkey_©_Bart_Siebelink2013-7
  • KP_TR13_01937_BV

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    Darevskia sp. Arjan, Ronald, welke is dit?

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  • Dolichophis_Caspius_Turkey_©_Bart_Siebelink2013-2-2

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    Dolichophis caspius

    Dolichophis_Caspius_Turkey_©_Bart_Siebelink2013-2-2
  • GL_NMeglaglo

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    A very big specimen of "Natrix megalocephala"

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  • grootkop612

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    ... with a very big head indeed.

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  • KP_TR13_01580_BV

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    Darevskia ........

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  • Kaznakovi©BartSiebelink

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    Vipera kaznakovi in its natural habitat, resting on thickets of fern leaves. This specimen has a blue eye, indicating that it will shed soon.

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  • KP_TR13_01517_BV

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    Vipera kaznakovi

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  • KP_TR13_01562_BV

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    Vipera kaznakovi, in this specimen the middorsal black stripe is so wide that it rips the orange zigzag apart to loose spots.

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  • TR13_kaznakoviplek_RL

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    Tea farmers sometimes put pieces of CGI, stones, etc. around their fields to attract and eradicate snakes.

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  • avondrood612

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    The ever attractive elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor).

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  • GL_CA_orange_TR

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    Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca).

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  • GL_Drudis_TR

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    Darevskia rudis lifting its front legs from the hot rocks. Or is it trying to tell us something?

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  • GL_Drudis2_TR

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    Darevskia Rudis

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  • GL_RupsWolfsmelkpijls_TR

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    Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae)

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  • Zamenis_Longissimus©BartSiebelink

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    Zamenis longissimus seems to be fairly common in these moisty forested areas.

    Zamenis_Longissimus©BartSiebelink
  • GL_LMedia_TR

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    A male Levant green Lizard (Lacerta media).

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  • Natrix©Bart_Siebelink

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    Beside the black Natrix there are also large specimens that have the regular Natrix coloration. On the background the guys are busy photographing a young Dolichophis smithi.

    Natrix©Bart_Siebelink
  • Borcka-night©BartSiebelink

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    Nightly view on Borçka from our hotel room.

    Borcka-night©BartSiebelink