Herping Expedition to Corfu in Spring 2014
After giving several possible herping destinations a lot of thought, I ended up deciding to visit Corfu, one of the many Greek islands in the Mediterranean. Situated at the North East of Corfu lies the town Kassiopi, where we stayed for seven nights. Fortunately for me three friends also showed interest, and came along too. Kristian Settle-Whittaker, Chloe McLaughlin and George Hicks all study Zoology with Herpetology at Bangor University alongside myself.
It was a hectic yet thoroughly enjoyable 6 days of herping covering a distance of 87km around the NE of Corfu around Kassiopi.
Total species count was 24 out of the reported 32 species present in Corfu.
Elaphe quatuorlineata, Four Lined Snake
Hierophis gemonensis, Balkan Whip Snake
Natrix natrix persa, Grass Snake
Natrix tessellata, Dice Snake
Platyceps najadum dahli, Dahls Whip Snake
Telescopus fallax, European Cat Snake
Typhlops vermicularis, European Worm Snake
Zamenis longissimus, Aesculapian Snake (?)
Zamenis situla, Leopard Snake
Ablepharus kitaibelii, Snake Eyed Skink
Algyroides nigropunctatus, Dalmatian Algyroides
Anguis graeca, Greek Slow Worm
Hemidactylus turcicus, Turkish (House) Gecko
Lacerta trilineata, Balkan Green Lizard
Lacerta viridis (or bilineata), Green Lizard
Podarcis muralis, Common Wall Lizard (?)
Pseudopus apodus, Glass Lizard
Bufo spinosus, Spiny Toad
Hyla arborea, Tree Frog (Heard them, but couldn't catch them)
Pelophylax ridibundus, Marsh Frog
Rana dalmatina, Agile Frog
Emys orbicularis, European Pond Terrapin
Mauremys rivulata, Balkan Terrapin
Testudo hermanni, Hermann's Tortoise
(?) = Suspected species, but not positively identified.