Saturday, September 1, 2018

Praying for Reptiles (Vipers)

Actually the main goal of this trip was to observe vipers... unfortunately that did not work.
Anyway it was nice to find some Reptiles and a lot of Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa).

Habitat

European mantis - Mantis religiosa

Habitat - Stone Wall

This Stone Wall is the perfect habitat for reptiles, especially for the Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis brongniardii). These lizards can be very curious, so with a little patience portraits like this are possible. 

Common Wall Lizard - Podarcis muralis brongniardii

European mantis (mating) - Mantis religiosa

It was the first time I saw mating European mantis. I don't know if the male Mantis survived this...

Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca)

The most beautiful observation of this trip was this little Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca). Not the viper I was hoping to find, but still an amazing snake!







Monday, April 30, 2018

Postcard for the Yellow-bellied Toad

The district of Darmstadt-Dieburg has used one of my photos for a postcard.

The postcard was used to promote an event for the creation of ponds as a habitat for various animals, especially Yellow-bellied Toads (Bombina variegata). The nature conservation group NABU also informed the participants about the threatened species.

I am glad that I was able to contribute to this important and nice request.

Postcard - Yellow-bellied Toad





Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


A little dinosaur: Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) male, Cahuita National Park.



The mesmeric eyes of the Ghost Glass Frog (Sachatamia ilex) are amazing. 



Leaf Katydid (Orophus conspersus), a master of camouflage! 



The Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) in it's habitat. These beautiful snakes can reach a maximum length of 172 cm (68 in).