• Kevin Esser

German spring - Reptiles

Spring is also the best time to observe reptiles in Europe. The Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) is the most common reptile around and it was the first one I found this year. A lot of patience was necessary to get a portrait shot of a quite shy Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara).


Anguis fragilis - Slow Worm
Anguis fragilis - Slow Worm
Zootoca vivipara - Viviparous Lizard
Zootoca vivipara - Viviparous Lizard

The Aesculapian Snake (Zamenis longissimus) is very rare in Germany. There are only a few isolated and small populations in the country, I am very lucky to live in the center of one of those. This spring I was able to find three juveniles. Young Aesculapian Snakes have a beautiful pattern!


Zamenis longissimus - Aesculapian Snake, juvenile
Zamenis longissimus - Aesculapian Snake, juvenile
Zamenis longissimus - Aesculapian Snake, juvenile
Zamenis longissimus - Aesculapian Snake, juvenile

The sun was already gone, when I saw a pair of Sand Lizards (Lacerta agilis) still hanging around on a tree trunk. Regarding Grass Snakes (Natrix natrix), 2020 has already been a successful year. I observed quite some of these good swimmers around different lakes and ponds.


Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard, gravid female
Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard, gravid female
Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard, male
Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard, male
Natrix natrix - Grass Snake
Natrix natrix - Grass Snake

Samira found what I consider to be the most secretive reptile of Germany, a very pretty Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)... perfect conclusion for this year's spring time.


Coronella austriaca - Smooth Snake
Coronella austriaca - Smooth Snake

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