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.
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.
Dalmatian Tortoise (Testudo hermanni boettgeri var. hercegovinensis) is the name given to a small-sized population of the Hermann's Tortoise.
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!
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.
The European Legless Lizard or Sheltopusik (Pseudopus apodus) consumes arthropods, snails and slugs, and even small mammals.
The European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis) is very shy, so you have to approach them slowly and carefully to take some pictures.
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.
I was able to watch this juvenile Balkan Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa) hunting for tadpoles.