Thursday, 15 September 2016

Anglesey Slow Worms

I have made a few trips to Anglesey, N. Wales over the last couple of years, hoping to catch sight of the adders there. I have still had no luck with berus on the island, but so far lots of common lizards and slow worms.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Last weekend I visited Talacre in North Wales, in the hoping of spotting more sand lizards. The dunes here are also home to a population of natterjack toad. It was a family day out and so only casual herping was possible over a limited area, and I had to content myself with several common lizards.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Lacerta agilis, Sefton

The Sefton coast is one of my a favourite spots for a family day out, not least due to the chance of spotting a sand lizard - not an easy task with two noisy children around. I have managed to get the occasional glimpse though, and recently one even hung around long enough for a photo!

A stunning male sand lizard in breeding dress.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Sunday, 10 April 2016

First Adder of the Year

Yesterday I made my first trip of the season to Cannock Chase. Unfortunately the weather was rather mixed and I only spotted a single adder before the rain set in. I managed a quick in-situ shot before he darted off.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Natrix natrix "persa" Staffordshire UK

Yesterday I visited a site in Staffordshire which is known to contain many striped individuals - believed by some to be feral Balkan grass snakes (N.n.persa). I found three specimens in total - one of which displayed typical persa traits, one typical British helvetica, and one possible intermediate form.

Two males photographed in situ. One typical N.n.helvetica and one possible helvetica/persa hybrid?

Typical British form (N.n.helvetica)

Persa phenotype.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Common Toad Breeding Season 2016

Lots of male Common Toads (B.bufo) out and looking for mates in Lancashire today. A few females around too, mostly with males in amplexus.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

First Reptile of 2016

The sun was shining here is Cheshire today and I saw my first wild reptile of the year - Zootoca vivipara on the Sandstone Trail.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Captive Bred Natterjacks

I originally planned to keep this blog solely for wild herptiles, but have recently re-awakened an old interest of mine - keeping reptiles and amphibians in captivity. For many years since childhood I kept a wide range of exotics. Now my interests lies closer to home, with native British and European herps. I thought I would add a few photos of these animals that I now share my home and garden with.

I was very fortunate to acquire a young, captive bred group of Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita). Being heavily protected in the wild, this is a species that I have so far been unable to see in the wild. These animals are produced from captive bred stock with their origins in Germany.