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Exkursion nach Montenegro 2007
From June 4th until June 18th we visited Montenegro again. After 3 days at the coast we drove up the mountains to have a look to meadow vipers (Vipera ursinii macrops) and common adders (Vipera berus bosniensis). But unfortunately we found only lizards. But anyway, the trip to Durmitor national park was very fine. Blooming meadows everywhere.
This female Testudo hermanni boettgeri was found sitting behind the warming window (Petrovac).
Same tortoise from a closer view.
The reason, sitting behind the window. The warmer substrate behind the window induced the tortoise to use this place to deposite its eggs
Where is the reptile on this picture (Ada island)?
(in the right front - Vipera ammodytes)
Wall lizards live on Ada island in hundreds. The dense vegetation and the more moderate climate may be the reasons.
Also the longicorn, Rosalia alpina lives on Ada island.
A dice snake, Natrix tessellata, basks on Rubus branches above water (Ada island).
The Green Lizard, Lacerta viridis, normally is found at higher altitudes in Montenegro, but also lives on Ada island and its suroundings.
Fishermans cottages near Ulcinje.
The Skutari waterfrog lives only in and around the Skadarsko Lake. This individual is from Ada island.
This young female was found on Ada island. This island and its surroundings are famous for the multicoloured long nose vipers.
The middleage town Staribar is situated above the new town Bar. It was used up to the heavy earthquake in April 1979.
The river Crnica flows into the lake Skadarsko at Virpazar.
Old bridge over Crnica river in Virpazar.
Acanthus spinosus
The Aesculapian snake is found in many different habitats in Montenegro, but avoids carstic areas with few vegetation.
Butomus umbellatus is common in the swampy areas of lake Skadarsko.
Large areas of Skadarsko lake are overgrown by Nuphar lutea, but also by Nymphea alba.
Water caltrop or water chestnut
Small fishermans village Vranjina at Skadarsko lake.
Skutari waterfrog at Vranjina.
Skutari waterfrog at Vranjina.
Seeds of water chestnut
Giant Green lizards live in carstic areas, close to the sea in Montenegro.
This female with extreme large venom glands was discovered at Vranjina island in Skadarsko lake.
View to Lesendro island with castle from Vranjina mountain.
Young Giant green lizard from Vranjina island.
Giant green lizard from Vranjina island. Missing right side hind leg.
Same individual as before - portrait.
Moraca river north of Podgorica.
The four line snake is common in Montenegro, with the exception of mountains.
Moraca river near Kozda.
Old barn at the mouth of Tara canyon. The Tara canyon ist the second largest and deepest after Grand canyon in the world.
Slow worm in Tara canyon.
Blooming Colombine in Tara canyon.
Flower meadow near Zabljak (Durmitor national park)
Narcissus poeticus
Durmitor. View from Zabljak
Flower meadow near Zabljak (Durmitor national park)
This old wooden fence is basking place for the Balkan sand lizard.
Young female of Balkan sand lizard.
Young male (erytronotus-morph) of Balkan sand lizard.
Runoff of the blake lake (Crno jezero) near Zabljak.
Early in the morning.
The black lake.
Tadpoles of Bufo bufo (Common toad) and Pseudepidalea viridis (Green toad) in the black lake.
Female of Balkan sand lizard.
Habitat of the Balkan sand lizard.
Gravid female of Balkan sand lizard.
Male of the Balkan sand lizard.
Landscape southeast of Zabljak.
Landscape southeast of Zabljak. Habitat of the meadow viper, Vipera ursinii macrops.
White Asphodel.
Landscape southeast of Zabljak. Habitat of the meadow viper, Vipera ursinii macrops.
Male of the Balkan sand lizard.
Male of the alpine newt.
Breeding pond of alpine newts and green toads south of Zabljak.
Female in the ditch.
Female of garden spider (cross spider)