Atheris’s last trip in Morocco allowed the observation of one of the most remarkable species of the country: the Sahara Sand Viper Cerastes vipera. This species is strictly restricted in sandy environments. It is perfectly adapted for life in the sand, as suggested by the position of its eyes, oriented at the top of the head. Here is a short video which present the species. (more…)
A small trip in the western Pyrenees allowed the observation of a rare behavior: a fight between two males of Aesculapian Snakes, obviously on the same territory. A scene that we could immortalize! (more…)
Pseudocerastes persicus and Pseudocerastes urarachnoides are two of the three species of the genus Pseudocerastes which occur in Iran. Our naturalist trip allowed us to observe, on the same place and during the same day, these two species. A wonderful example of sympatry!
This observation is the subject of a paper published in the journal Herpetology Notes. Do not hesitate to read the article!
Reference: Bobby Bok, Matthieu Berroneau, Masoud Yousefi, Joachim Nerz, Frank Deschandol, Maud Berroneau, Laura Tiemann 2017 – Sympatry of Pseudocerastes Persicus and P. urarachnoides in the western Zagros Mountains, Iran – Herpetology Notes, Vol. 10: 323-325.
Photo: Pseudocerastes urarachnoides and Pseudocerastes persicus, Matthieu Berroneau.
During our last Atheris trip 2017 in Morocco, we have made a rare observation: the gloved cat, Felis lybica. This species is the origin of domestic cats. This observation is described in an article by www.ecologie.ma.
Read the story here!
Picture : Abdellah Bouazza.
Here is a small video on the Saharan Horned Viper (Cerastes Cerastes), the emblematic species of Morroco. Modified scales form horns on the top of the head. (more…)
On Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Bègles, near Bordeaux, we gave a lecture presenting to the public our trip to Iran. The conference have been organized by Terre & Ocean. Here is the presentation:
Naturalist and photographer, Matthieu Berroneau is fan of nature trips, especially to observe the incredible diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles in the world. For many years, Iran was in his head. In this country there is a very special species of viper who attracts its prey with its tail looking like a small spider … Matthieu realized his dream this spring, with a trip of 15 days, rich in colors, adventures and discoveries. Come and listen to his story illustrated with the pictures and the movies made during the trip in this country at the crossroads of three continents.
It was a great success and it probably made the spectators want to visit this incredible country!
Our next destination is known. It will be Uganda! We have not yet had the chance to visit Central Africa, and we can’t wait for this first visit. This country is rich in emblematic fauna: Lions, Elephants, Gorillas, Chimpanzees … Herpetological fauna is also exceptional and has many remarkable species: the Gaboon Viper, the Jackson’s Chameleon (the famous Trioceros), and of course the arboreal vipers of the genus …Atheris, the emblem of our association!