What happiness to comeback to Guiana, its biodiversity, our friends and to still do many beautiful discoveries!
We come back after 3 intense weeks. We already knew this beautiful territory because we had already observed many species in 2015.
Mexico is the paradise of Reptiles. It is the country where live the most reptiles species in the world. Sooner or later, Atheris had to come here! It’s finally a team of three people, Maud, Fabrice et Matthieu which land in Mexico City then Guadalajara… Here expect us three Mexican naturalists, Juan, Ulises and Hector. Let’s go for three weeks of adventure!
Here we are, for the fourth year in a row, visiting Morocco. This country is a paradise for reptile fans! As every year, our friend Abdou has joined us. We are accompanied by Dylan, Miguel, Marion and Jean, four members of the association, who we hope will not be disappointed with the trip! Our goal is to contribute to the improvement of knowledge in progress in this country (study of the distribution of species, genetic samples, etc). We spent a week exploring different types of habitats to produce presence data and rise our photo and video database. The research is also done in tanks, many in these arid areas, and where animals often fall. This is an opportunity to save these animals while making some unpublished observations.
Costa Rica is a small country by its size: 51 000 km². On the other hand, in terms of biodiversity, it is simply remarkable. Amphibians and Reptiles alone, we are talking about more than 400 species!
In addition, Costa Rica has focused on green tourism and the preservation of biodiversity. The preserved natural areas are still numerous, and everything is made to welcome naturalists curious about the tropical fauna. We had already visited this country in the past, and it was urgent to return there, to discover the most remarkable species of the country.
March 2017 is the period we chose to visit Uganda, in central-eastern Africa. Central Africa is marked by the great rift, considered by many to be the “cradle of humanity”, following the discovery of old fossil hominids. This particular geology allows the presence of extremely varied landscapes and climates, from dry savannah to humid tropical forests and mountains covered with eternal snows. (more…)
By the end of 2016, we decided to take a week for a new trip session in southwestern Morocco. The goal was, accompanied by our friend Abdou, to prospect hardly and maximize the chances of encountering species. Despite the advanced season and the short time available, we were able to observe some thirty species in total, including some rare or difficult to encounter species, such as Myriopholis algeriensis and above all two Egyptian Cobras Naja haje ! (more…)
Iran is a small paradise for Reptiles lovers. Of course our main targeted species was the famous horned spider-tailed Pseudocerastes urarachnoides. This incredible snake uses the modified scales of its tail to imitate a spider (more or less) and it attracts birds and other insectivores. Described for the first time in 2006, this endemic species of Iran is distributed only in a small area on the Iraqi border. (more…)
The south-east of Asia shows a remarkable richness of fauna. This sector notably aggregates the greatest density of “glider” animals: squirrels, lizards, frogs, snakes,… It is especially to observe one of them, the “flying dragon” Draco volans that we went to Malaysia for two weeks.
This trip can be summarized as a succession of visits of remarkable sites, from north to south, and from west to east. The nocturnal or diurnal surveys allowed us remarkable discoveries: numerous tree vipers of the genus Trimeresurus, some enormous Reticulated Pythons, strange cecilians, or the different species of the genus Boiga. (more…)
2015 was the year of our first meeting with Abdou, one of the best herpetologists in Morocco. The opportunity, over two weeks, of a great visit of the country and of meeting its rich fauna. Our plan was a departure from Marrakech to visit and cross the famous High Atlas, then heading south to the first dunes of the Sahara. A first absolutly incredible trip with lots of discoveries. In the end, six species of Amphibians, and more than forty species of Reptiles, especially the very rare Echis leucogaster! A first visit that will lead to more others ones, for sure! (more…)
This winter, we planned an herpetological trip to French Guiana, where we have some good friends. French Guiana is a perfect destination for prospecting in the Amazon rainforest.
The three weeks were dedicated to the visit of several remarkable sites, to the west, to the east, and to the center of the country. The surveys have allowed us to make many remarkable observations, for example the Emerald Tree Boa Corallus caninus or the two species of the genus Pipa… Finally more than 140 species! (more…)