Abastumani (Georgia)

Reptiles and amphibians

 

06-2012

 

 

 

Green toad

Bufo viridis

3

Common tree frog

Hyla arborea

2

 Caucasus frog

Rana camerani

3

Marsh frog

Pelophylax ridibundus

3

Caucasian agama

Laudakia caucasia

6

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

7

Sand lizard

Lacerta agilis

2

Meadow lizard

Darevskia praticola

3

 

Darevskia rudis

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Darevskia parvula

3

Dwarf snake

Eirenis modestus

3

Transcaucasian rat snake

Zamenis hohenackeri

1

Dahl’s whip snake

Platyceps najadum

3

Smooth snake

Coronella austriaca

1

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

2

Transcaucasian sand viper

Vipera transcaucasiana

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    The Armenian-Georgian border area: extensive grasslands with some villages.

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    Storks are common, even at his altitude.

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    These tadpole shrimps (Lepidurus apus) were discovered in small pools that were connected to a mountain stream. They resemble miniature horseshoe crabs. Tadpole shrimps are living fossils: they hardly changed (morphologically) for about 250 million years.

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  • Georgië_straatshop2012©BartSiebelink2012

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    Many extremely small shops alongside the roads. In villages the police station often stands out as the most prestigeous building.

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    Sam buying fuel for our camping stove.

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  • Georgië_rivierdal2012©BartSiebelink2012

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    View on a river in the south of Georgia. This part of Georgia is more humid than northern Armenia, the soils seems more fertile and the vegetation lusher.

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    Landscape near Abustamani. The rocky, south-facing, slopes are habitat of Vipera transcaucasiana, Laudakia caucasia and Darevskia rudis. In the damp forest we found Rana (macrocnemis) camerani. We furthermore found Testudo hermanni.

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  • Vipera-transkaucasiaca-web©BartSiebelink2012

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    Our first and only adult specimen of Transcaucasian long-nosed viper (Vipera transcaucasiana). On first sight the species resembles asp viper (Vipera aspis).

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  • Vipera-transkaucasiaca-portret©BartSiebelink2012-2

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    ... but the head of Vipera transcaucasiana is more that of nose-horned viper (V. ammodytes).

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    Transcaucasian long-nosed viper.

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    Transcaucasian long-nosed viper.

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    Also this shot is taken on the very same location. Only just around the corner and just a bit closer...

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    A big Transcaucasian rat snake (Zamenis hohenackeri) found in the same area.

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    Zamenis hohenackeri.

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  • Spireazwever©BartSiebelink2012

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    So much beauty on this slope. Take this Hungarian glider (Neptis rivularis) for instance.

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    Chestnut heath (Coenonympha glycerion).

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    Meadow lizard (Darevskia praticola) is actually the most peculiar Darevskia species. It is ground-dwelling and has a more rounded body structure than other Darevskia's, which are more slender and adapted to climbing.

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    Keel-tailed rock lizard (Darevskia rudis) is very common in the lower parts of the Abastumani national park.

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  • Darevskia_rudis_spa©BartSiebelink2012

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    The male Keer-tailed lizard sometimes has a green back like this vigilant specimen, sitting on a windowsill of the abandoned spa behind our hotel.

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  • Guido_in_charge©BartSiebelink2012-10

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    Guido in charge.

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  • Eirenis_modestus_©_Bart_Siebelink2012-28

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    Dwarf snake (Eirenis Modestus). With a length of approximately 30 cm, this was a large one. With progressing maturation comes the beautifully clay-coloured skin.

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    Looking for the rare Darevskia mixta in the higher parts of the Abastumani mountains we only found our familiar sand lizard (Lacerta agilis).

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  • Spa-brook-Abastumani©BartSiebelink2012

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    The puddle and the stream just behind the abandoned spa. We spent a great time photographing here during the hottest hours of the day.

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  • Hyla-orientalis-arborea2012©BartSiebelink2012

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    This treefrog crossed the puddle. It looks like our common Hyla arborea, but according to the books it must be Hyla orientalis.

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  • Rana Camerani-Macrocnemys2012©BartSiebelink2012

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    Rana (macrocnemys) camerani in a cool mountain stream.

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    Same animal.

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    Ben, Arjan and Rana camerani.

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    Green toad (Bufo viridis).

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    Anguis (fragilis) colchicus, in the same area.

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    A late afternoon trip higher up in the mountains of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

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    A colourful meadow in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

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    Fortunately, there's always a first aid post nearby.

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    Catching fish for dinner,

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    cleaning the fish...

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    and cooking it.

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    Two Georgian friends eating for the first time double salted 'drop' (liquorice), black sweets, very popular in the Netherlands. These guys thought they were an 'acquired taste' (look at their faces). However, some Armenians in our group developed an addiction over time, begging Guido to send a few sacks from the Netherlands (which he did).

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  • Armenië_Abastumani2012©BartSiebelink2012-19

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    Time to leave Georgia. Marine shutting the car door, offering a final view on our lovely wooden chalet.

    Armenië_Abastumani2012©BartSiebelink2012-19