Chinese beauties

Yeah, yeah. Of course this Thursday post is about snakes. And no! This post’s title is not clickbait. Well, and even if it made you click because you expected something else – I disagree. You’re the one in the wrong. Not me. This title is spot-on. I just want to keep it short today andContinue reading “Chinese beauties”

More omelette – I’m sorry

This week and the next I’m not at home. I’m working remotely as we have two weddings in the Netherlands in a rather short time. My chef thankfully had no issues with me working remotely for a couple of days, with which he made my life a lot easier, and me more relaxed for theContinue reading “More omelette – I’m sorry”

That escalated quickly

I gave up cornsnake breeding in 2008, after two rough breeding seasons that yielded pretty nice offspring, but also created circumstances that left me no choice but to end it there. My snake breeding hobby was always somewhat self-sustained. I bred a small number of offspring, of which I kept only a select few. TheContinue reading “That escalated quickly”

I wasn’t even looking…

Can you believe this? I just spent a full month in Croatia, a country known among herpetologists to be an excellent country for field herpetology trips, because of its relatively high species richness in comparison to the rest of Europe, but also because of the ease of finding herpetiles in spring. A full month, andContinue reading “I wasn’t even looking…”

Celebrating ‘absolutely nothing’ in style

I gave myself some presents yesterday to celebrate absolutely nothing at all but me – and only me. Every once in a while you should be allowed to do so, and do so in your own unique way. In my book that means the best thing I can do is buy snakes. This particular batchContinue reading “Celebrating ‘absolutely nothing’ in style”

Now this is something different…

You all now by now I’m a bit of a reptile nerd. I can’t help it. It’s been like that since forever. It started with dinosaurs when I was young, and it never left me. Those of you that now me a little better, or read here regularly, will also understand that snakes in particularContinue reading “Now this is something different…”

Victory is mine

Our plan was to leave the island of Krk behind us today, and travel further south towards the Velobet mountains. I was somewhat disappointed in the success of my herpetology field trips: One grass snake (no photos), countless wall lizards, of which I could only photograph the very common (but nonetheless beautiful) Podarcis siculus, severalContinue reading “Victory is mine”

Turtle ponds, castles, and a view

When we are staying on a campsite for a couple of days, we are generally confined to the direct surroundings of the camping spot. We usually hike a lot, or stroll through tiny villages close by. We don’t drive on these days. When our Ford Nugget is fully unfolded, with upper and lower beds out,Continue reading “Turtle ponds, castles, and a view”

How not to: field herping

We figured yesterday that it would probably be a good idea to get moving as early as we could, to avoid yesterday’s problems. With our kids, having an action-packed program is the most relaxing day for us. The kids are happy and just follow us as we go, and we are happy because we getContinue reading “How not to: field herping”

Some confetti

Reading the news over the past two days saddens me, and to be frank it sickens me to my stomach. What a twisted world we live in. Trust me, I know nothing about war, and very little about the politics and ideologies that drive any of it. You really wouldn’t want me to write toContinue reading “Some confetti”