Friday, 17 May 2013

Poland-Reptiles & Amphibians

The sandy landscape in many of the wooded clearings were ideal habitat for reptiles , with both Grass Snake & Adder easily found basking in the warmth, along with a few Sand Lizards.Also the marshes and ponds held a variety of Frog & Toad species, ( the noise they made was something else,an experiance in itself).Great stuff.
Adder ,Vipera berus,basking in the late afternoon sun.

Grass Snake, Natrix natrix,

Grass Snake close up.

Mating Grass Snakes.

Grass Snake

Grass Snake

Grass Snake.

Moor Frogs, Rana arvalis. Also called the Blue Frog, the males develop a bright blue colouration for a few days in the breeding season.

Fire Bellied Toad, Bombina bombina.Quite beautiful for a Toad.

Fire Bellied Toad.

Common Spadefoot Toad ,Pelobates fuscus. Also known as the Garlic Toad as when alarmed can release a noxious secretion that has a garlic odour.
Marsh Frog.  Pelophylax ridibundus.

Sand Lizard.  Lacerta agilis. A male in mating season colours.

European Tree frog. Hyla arborea
European Tree Frog.

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