Table 3: Mets Parni, Spitak, stepanavan

 

Reptiles and amphibians

 

06-2012

 

 

 

Green toad

Bufo viridis

calling

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

calling

Caucasus frog

Rana macrocnemis

2

Caucasian agama

Laudakia caucasia

3

Caucasus green lizard

Lacerta strigata

>10

Sand lizard

Lacerta agilis

4

 

Darevskia rostombekovi

>5

 

Darevskia dahli

>5

 

Darevskia portschinskii

2

 

Darevskia unisexualis

1

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

1

Smooth snake

Coronella austriaca

1

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

table 4: Observations near Dilijan

 

Reptiles & amphibians

 

06-2012

Slow worm

Angius fragilis 

1 (DOR) 

Common tree frog

Hyla arborea

>5

Armenian rock lizard

Darevskia armeniaca

>10

 

 

 

Other Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

Nathusius' pipistrelle bat

Pipistrellus nathusii

X

Serotine bat

Eptesicus serotinus

X

 

 

 

  • kerkhof2612

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    The old cemetary of Mets Parni, currently the only known location in Armenia of Dwarf Lizard (Parvilacerta parva).

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  • Armenië_2012©BartSiebelink2012-21

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    Armine, a student of Marina, discovered Dwarf Lizard (Parvilacerta parva) in Mets Parni, her town of birth.

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    Arjan desperately searching for Dwarf Lizard (Parvilacerta parva).

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  • strigata612

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    Unfortunately, our only finds at the cemetary were Lacerta strigata, Lacerta agilis and Coronella austriaca. The status of Parvilacerta parva remains uncertain.

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    Bart and Armine looking for lizards.

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  • Armenië_2012©BartSiebelink2012-24

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    We were kindly invited by the family of Armine.

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    Anni with with the kids of our host family

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  • Arm12_01209

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    Bart portrays the family.

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  • Armenië_2012_Missile©BartSiebelink2012-23

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    That night we saw a mysterious light, followed by an explosion against the sky. According to the news it turned out to be a Russian missile that exploded high above Kazachstan.

    Armenië_2012_Missile©BartSiebelink2012-23
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    Trying to get awake.

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  • Arm12_01212

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    Our guesthouse in Mets Parni.

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  • Arm12_01225

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    This friendly man spontaneously offered us delicious mulberries.

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  • GL_DarUnisex_ARM

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    We found this white-bellied lizard (Darevskia unisexualis) together with some Rostombekovi's rock lizards (Darevskia rostombekovii).

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  • Darevskia_unisexualis-Armenia_©_Bart_Siebelink

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    White-bellied lizard (Darevskia unisexualis)

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    Rostombekovi's rock lizard (Darevskia rostombekovii)

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  • Armenië_Guido_2012©BartSiebelink2012-33

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    Guido lost balance after having concentrated for a long time by looking through the lens.

    Armenië_Guido_2012©BartSiebelink2012-33
  • Armenië_Laudakia©BartSiebelink2012-24

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    Also Caucasian hardun (Laudakia caucasia) was present at this spot.

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  • GL_StellioCaucasia_AR

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    Caucasian hardun (Laudakia caucasia)

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  • Arm12_01255_Dzoragetkloof

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    The rocks of Dzoraget Canyon near the city Stepanavan are home to Dahli's rock lizard (Darevskia dahli) and river Kura lizard (Darevskia portschinskii).

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    Dahli's rock lizard (Darevskia dahli).

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  • Arm12_00445_BV

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    River Kura lizard (Darevskia portschinskii).

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  • Arm12_00448_BV

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    River Kura lizard (Darevskia portschinskii).

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  • Arm12_00439_BV

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    River Kura lizard (Darevskia portschinskii).

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  • GL_LAgilisman_AR

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    At the bottom of the canyon we found this entirely green male sand lizard (Lacerta agilis brevicaudata). A true giant compare to the Darevskia's.

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    Our camp near the (former) field station of Yerevan University, near Dilijan.

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    Campfire in Dilijan, with stories and sausages.

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  • Arm12_00482

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    George taking a punch of a Nathusius' pipistrelle's wing membrane. This is an approved method to collect tissue samples of live bats for further analysis. The hole in the membrane usually grows back in 2-3 weeks.

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  • Arm12_00484

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    Releasing the 'punched' bat.

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  • Myosotis©BartSiebelink2012-6

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    Quick serotine (Eptesicus serotinus) batface-portrait before setting it free again. This bat was collected at Dschuchtakwank Monastery.

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  • Arm12_01287_BV

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    Anni in one of the chapels of Dschuchtakwank Monastery.

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  • darevskiaarmeniaca612

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    On the monastery walls we found several Armenian lizards (Darevskia armeniaca).

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  • koppelarmeniaca612

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    A couple Armenian lizards (Darevskia armeniaca).

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  • Armenië_Kasjkar©BartSiebelink2012

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    Iconic image of Armenia. This is a memorial stele-shaped stone, called 'khachkar'. Notice the beautifully carved cross-motives. You can find many khachkars all over Armenia.

    Armenië_Kasjkar©BartSiebelink2012