Greece – september 2011

 

This was my first combined family/herping trip, and after some concideration, and good help from friends who had been there before, we ended up on choosing Parga. Parga lies in the north-west of Greece in the region of Epirus.  There is around 35 species of reptiles in area – from the coast and about 1 hour drive up towards the Pindos Mountains. Some of the more interesting species is Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra), Nose-horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes) and the Sand boa (Eryx jaculus)

We travelled  in september, so we had little hope of seeing to many reptiles. Temperatures was around 35 degrees at day time. So most reptiles was not very active during the day, except some species of lizard and turtles.

Kalodiki

Swamps of Kalodiki
Nikon D3 – Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8

The main reason Parga was picked was that it is a very good spot for Vipera ammodytes, the Nose-horned Viper. And many, many hours where spent looking for it. Walking on the paths along the swamps of Kalodiki and the hills surrounding it. And on the fifth day, it was found. A tiny juvenile was found basking in the first rays of sun in the morning.

 

Testudo hermanni boettgeri

Testudo hermanni boettgeri
Nikon D3 – Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8

Testudo marginata Nikon D3 - Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8

Testudo marginata
Nikon D3 – Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8

Eleftherio 001 web

Hills aorund Kalodiki
Nikon D3 – Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis
Nikon D700 – Sigma 150 f/2.8 Macro + 1.4TC

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis
Nikon D700 – Sigma 150 f/2.8 Macro + 1.4TC

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis

Vipera ammodytes meridionalis
Nikon D700 – Sigma 150 f/2.8 Macro + 1.4TC

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