• Kevin Esser

Praying for Reptiles (Vipers)

Actually the main goal of this trip was to observe vipers... unfortunately that did not work. Anyway it was nice to find some Reptiles and a lot of Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa).




This Stone Wall is the perfect habitat for reptiles, especially for the Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis brongniardii). These lizards can be very curious, so with a little patience portraits like this are possible.


It was the first time I saw mating European mantis. I don't know if the male Mantis survived this...


The most beautiful observation of this trip was this little Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca). Not the viper I was hoping to find, but still an amazing snake!