Peloponnesiaca: a supplement to travels in the mor?a (classic reprint) by william martin leake (2015-


In September 2015, me and Chantal spent two weeks in Greece. We visited the Peloponnes and Athen, we stayed in a small cottage in the olive yards near Kardamilli. I hoped to see various reptiles, especially snakes but it was too hot. So we decided to spent more time at the wonderful beaches, and this was absolutly the right decision as the water was wonderful and we saw some cool fishes and had an amazing holiday. In the early monring I usually spent some time herping.

The 1-3. September we looked for animals in the olive yards near our cottage. In the night we found some turkish geckos ( Hemidactylus turcicus ) on the walls of the cottage, they were preying on the bugs and moths that were attracted by the light. On the stone walls of the nearby olive yards we saw peloponnese wall lizards ( Podarcis peloponnesiaca ), which is an endemic species. Although they were quiet abundant, they were pretty shy. We also flipped and italian scorpion ( Euscorpius italicus ) and a species of crab spider (Thomisidae). On the first morning we could also observe a greek rock lizard ( Hellenolacerta graeca ), which is also endemic to the peloponnese.

On the fourth day we visited Mystras and found there our first tortoises: the marginated tortoise ( Testudo marginata ) and the Hermann’s tortoise ( Testudo hermanni ). Especially the marginated tortoise was quiet common in the old ruins. Moreover we could get some nice shots of a greek wall lizard ( Hellenolacerta graeca ) and I observed the first snake, but it was way to fast, I guess it was a eastern montpellier snake ( Malpolon insignitus ).

The last day we spent in Athen, but instead of the ocellated skink ( Chalcides ocellatus ), which I hoped to see at the acropolis, we only saw many common magpies ( Pica pica ) .

Thanks to everyhone who helped me by providing spots, it was a wonderful vacation. The next time I will visit the Peloponnes in spring to see more of the herpetofauna.


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    In September 2015, me and Chantal spent two weeks in Greece. We visited the Peloponnes and Athen, we stayed in a small cottage in the olive yards near Kardamilli. I hoped to see various reptiles, especially snakes but it was too hot. So we decided to
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