• Kevin Esser

One week in Croatia, part I

For the past few months, I have been working as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica and so nature has been my "office". Before I have to go back to a regular office, working as a graphic designer, I spent one week in Croatia... an European paradise for herping and nature photography.



Podarcis siculus campestris - Italian Wall Lizard

The Italian Wall Lizard (Podarcis siculus campestris) is very photogenic. I saw many of these pretty lizards. Luckily they are not very shy and they can even be curious.


Testudo hermanni boettgeri var. hercegovinensis - Dalmatian Tortoise

Dalmatian Tortoise (Testudo hermanni boettgeri var. hercegovinensis) is the name given to a small-sized population of the Hermann's Tortoise.


Hierophis gemonensis - Balkan Whip Snake

The Balkan Whip Snake (Hierophis gemonensis) is in my opinion a very underrated snake. It has a wide range and is common within much of its range. Nevertheless, I think it's a beautiful snake!


Limenitis reducta - Southern White Admiral

I am mainly looking for reptiles, but I always enjoy seeing some insects. The Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta) has a wingspan of approximately 50 mm.


Pseudopus apodus - European Legless Lizard

The European Legless Lizard or Sheltopusik (Pseudopus apodus) consumes arthropods, snails and slugs, and even small mammals.



Emys orbicularis - European Pond Terrapin

The European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis) is very shy, so you have to approach them slowly and carefully to take some pictures.


Hyla arborea - European Tree Frog

Mainly due to the loss of breeding habitats, the European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) displays a considerable decline in West and Central Europe. Luckily in Croatia I found some of these beautiful frogs in their perfect habitats.


Natrix natrix persa - Balkan Grass Snake

I was able to watch this juvenile Balkan Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa) hunting for tadpoles.