Slowly making our way home

After almost three weeks of living in our campervan it’s about time to return to home. However, why make it a twelve hour drive if you can split it up over a couple of days and spend some time in beautiful places along the way?

This morning we drove towards Austria, Carinthia to be precise. This area is only about four hours away from home, but also turns out to be one of the best – and certainly the most accessible – places to find longhorn vipers, and a bunch of other cool species.

To be honest, I only discovered it a couple of days ago, and it should be clear that I aim to spend much more time in this area from now.

Tomorrow, and who knows, maybe Saturday, we will try to find some nice hikes, and I’ll combine that with finding vipers, dice snakes, and hopefully Aesculapian snakes. We’ll see. Given my recent track record I might find nothing…

Watch out, snakes (the first thing we saw when we drove down the pass towards Villach)
Today’s find, Natrix natrix, gave us plenty of time for photography. It had seen better days.
A huge Carabus sp.
Look at those mandibles!

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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