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…”

I used to love the turtles

We only did some minor sightseeing today. Not much to write home about, but here I am. After a big breakfast at a local restaurant, we walked some in a huge riverbed belonging to the Tagliamento river. Judging by the size of it, maybe once or twice a year, this will guide enormous amounts ofContinue reading “I used to love the turtles”

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…”

Do we really look that weak?

“No, you better go back, take your car, and drive there instead,” the lady told us. “Walking there is too much, especially with kids.” We were a bit perplexed by this advice from the lady that occupied the entrance register of Krka NP. We were all geared up, toddler in the backpack, baby in theContinue reading “Do we really look that weak?”

I’ve lost my skills

Another beautiful day with a beautiful hike around the Prniba peninsula near Krk town, a place I read about this week, and one of the places that has a majority of Podarcis melisellensis, whereas most other regions are dominated by P. siculus. Although I saw plenty of wall lizards, my gut feeling tells me theseContinue reading “I’ve lost my skills”

The chapel in the woods

We’re maximizing our sun exposure and activity levels these past few days in the Czech republic. We’re staying near a town called Stozec, which is located in a municipal of the same name. The municipal has 220 people, divided over three tiny towns. Stozec has a small grocery store, two restaurants, a post office, andContinue reading “The chapel in the woods”

Spring has not arrived here yet

The sun had me fooled today. It looked like it was going to be a semi-cloudy day, meaning that there would at least be some sun around. That was true for sure, so we tried to go out as quickly as possible this morning, to grab a coffee in the sun somewhere in the cityContinue reading “Spring has not arrived here yet”

Autumn, sycamores, and mountains

Last year around this time we agreed with friends from Freising that we should go to the mountains in autumn. In particular, we wanted to see the wonderful coloration of the sycamore trees that are about to drop their leaves in preparation for winter. Then the covid situation took a turn for the worse, andContinue reading “Autumn, sycamores, and mountains”