Table 1: Observations at the valley of Senyuva

 

Reptiles & amphibians

05-2013

Caucasian Salamander

Mertensiella caucasica

1

Nothern banded newt

Ommatotriton ophryticus

>15

Common Tree Frog

Hyla arborea

>30

Caucasian Toad

Bufo verrucosissimus

2 + larvae

Caucasian Parsley Frog

Pelodytes caucasicus

1 + spawn

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

>15

Long-legged Wood Frog

Rana macrocnemis

2 + larvae

Clarks’ Lizard

Darevskia clarkorum

4

Ajarian Lizard

Darevskia mixta

1

Derjugin’s Lizard

Darevskia derjugini

>10

Red-bellied Lizard

Darevskia parvula

>20

Spiny-tailed lizard

Darevskia rudis

>20

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

2

Grass Snake

Natrix n. persa

3

“Large headed Grass Snake”

“Natrix megalocephala”

2

Dice Snake

Natrix tessellata

4

 

 

 

Other Highlights

Bottlenose dolphin (?)

 

 

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    This messy, muddy place was full of Hyla arborea, Bufo verucossisimus and Phelophylax ridibundus. In addition, grass snakes, including the big-headed, black-and- white form, which is recognized by some authors as a separate species (N. megalocephala).

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    A young grass snake (probably Natrix natrix persa) with intensely coloured lunar spots.

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    At the same place: a grass snake with the appearance of "Natrix megolocephala".

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    Hyla arborea pair in amplex.

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    Hyla arborea

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    We revisited the puddles by night

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    Arjan, trying to locate the softly calling Caucasian parsley frog (Pelodytes caucasicus).

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  • Bufo_verricucosissimus_lr_Turkey_©_Bart_Siebelink2013

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    But the sound of treefrogs and marsh frogs was tremendous. Among them we stumbled upon a warty toad. Not our common toad but the Caucasian toad (Bufo verrucosissimus).

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    ... which was quite large.

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    Bart and the hotel owner admiring a stunning male Northern banded newt (Ommatotriton ophryticus).

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    We had to ask in the hotel for a bowl to be able to get a good look of this banded newt, which only shows its splendor when it is in the water.

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    Derjugin's lizard (Darevskia derjugini) is a small ground-dwelling lizard. It more or less behaves like viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara).

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    Derjugin's lizard (Darevskia derjugini)

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    Ajarian lizard (Darevskia mixta)

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    Red-bellied lizard (Darevskia parvula)

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    Clark's lizard (Darevskia clarcorum)

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    Juvenile "Natrix megalocephala". Mind the black body and the missing yellow in the collar.

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    Wet roadside, habitat of Caucasian parsley frog and in the larger puddles Northern Banded Newt.

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    The forests in these valleys are dark and damp. They are the prime habitat of Caucasian parsley frog (Pelodytes caucasica), of which we found eggs in a tiny puddle close to the brook. Another specialist found here is Caucasian salamander (Mertensiella caucasica).

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    Caucasian parsley frog, one of the herpetological highlights of this area.

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    Caucasian parsley frog

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    The distribution of this species is very isolated from the other two (recent) members of the genus Pelodytus, which both occur in SW-Europe.

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    More temperate rain forest.

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    This forest is also habitat of the interesting...

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    ... Mertensiella caucasica. The horn-like protuberance at the upper side of this male's tail has a function in reporduction: it is used for opening the female's cloaca.

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    Mertensiella caucasica

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    Mertensiella caucasica

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    Blooming Rhododendron ponticum along the river.

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    The mountains are typically covered by mixed forest.

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    Hotel owner Idris spoke fluently French and English with an Australian accent.

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    Most restaurants we visited served only simple food, such as Turkish pizza's. Certainly not bad when you're hungry, but we'd expected some more refined, local cuisine. The one exception was this small hotel: the friendly owners cooked us a delicious, three course dinner.

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    Bart enjoying the temperate rainforest ('selfie' by tripod and time-releaser).

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