Barnova forest

 

Reptiles & amphibians

5-2008

Northern crested newt

Triturus cristatus

14

Common newt

Lissotriton vulgaris

4

Yellow-bellied toad

Bombina variegata

several

Common tree frog

Hyla arborea

1 + calling

Agile frog

Rana dalmatina

1

Edible frog

Pelophylax kl. esculentus

>30

European pond terrapin

Emys orbicularis

8

Green lizard

Lacerta viridis

>20

Sand lizard

Lacerta agilis

>10

Slow worm

Angius fragilis

1

Grass snake

Natrix natrix

3

Smooth snake

Coronella austriaca

5

Nikolsky’s viper

Vipera (berus)nikolskii

3

Other highlights

 

 

 

 

 

  • KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/833.jpg2008-2

    The site itself is pretty surprising: its a remote railway station. Just a few times a day there is some activity.

    KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova
  • KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/834.jpg2008-3

    After the traffic is done, the employees go back in for their well deserved rest.

    KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova
  • Railtracks-Barnova

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/907.jpg

    And then the terrain remains in peace again. Railtracks provide excellent habitat for reptiles, because of the open edges where the soil heats up quickly. Thus offering good basking spots.

    Railtracks-Barnova
  • RO_Alex_BV

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/822.jpg

    It can be absolutely silent for hours. To us this means: search time. Here we see Alex in action.

    RO_Alex_BV
  • KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/835.jpg2008-4

    Arjan and Guido took the other way.

    KP-©BartSiebelink-Roemenië-Barnova
  • Gladde slang-BartSiebelink-

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/836.jpg

    There's a smooth snake (Coronella austriaca) basking between the stones of the rainwaybed.

    Gladde slang-BartSiebelink-
  • nikolskii612

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/888.jpg

    And here it is: Vipera (berus) nikolskii, a splendid male that had just renewed its skin.

    nikolskii612
  • RO_nikolskii1_GL

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/808.jpg

    A melanistic female of Vipera (berus) nikolskii. A large part of the Barnova population is melanistic, which is typical for Vipera (berus) nikolskii. This animal shows also the somewhat more massive body structure than V. berus.

    RO_nikolskii1_GL
  • RO_Nikolskii_BV

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/821.jpg

    A closer view showing off the splendour of its black scales.

    RO_Nikolskii_BV
  • Nicholski-research-BartSiebelink

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/837.jpg

    Alex is keeping the snake apart for a moment to take data for his research.

    Nicholski-research-BartSiebelink
  • RO_Alex2_BV

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/826.JPG

    ... and photographing its head pattern for individual recognition.

    RO_Alex2_BV
  • Nickolski-Bart-Siebelink-zwart

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/838.jpg

    This portrait shows the relatively long head and the large eye, that differ from the proportions of V. berus.

    Nickolski-Bart-Siebelink-zwart
  • Rom_austriaca_BS

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/906.jpg

    Romanian Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca).

    Rom_austriaca_BS
  • Rom_vrouwdochter_Bart_Siebelink

    http://www.klooiplek.eu/images/trips/preview/905.jpg

    This lady spent the entire afternoon sitting on a card in the shade with her daughter, watching
    us being busy in the field. She perfectly shared the sense of 'klooien'.

    Rom_vrouwdochter_Bart_Siebelink