Archiv der Kategorie: Naturbeobachtungen

The Bronze Age feral goats of Majorca

The last post covered the Cretan kri-kri, an extremely archaic feral domestic goat which still highly resemebles its wild ancestors. There are however also other, very primitive feral goats on other parts of the world, like the wild goat of … Weiterlesen

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The kri-kri – a relict feral goat from the stone age of Crete

Goats were after dogs most probably the earliest animals which were domesticated by humans. This happened around 13,000 years ago in the Near East, when people started to keep and breed wild goats (Capra aegagrus) instead of just hunting them.  … Weiterlesen

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Swimming with the yellow-finned redfin perches of Lake Constance

Last weekend I visited once again Lake Constance, the third largest lake of Europe, which  is located in the very south of Germany. The northern border belongs mainly to Germany, whereas the southern border belongs to Switzerland. There is even … Weiterlesen

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American Bullfrogs at Lake Agia, Crete

During my holiday on Crete some years ago, I visited Lake Agia, a small artificial lake in the southwest of the island. This reservoir is mainly known for its various species of waterfowls and a popular place for birders. But … Weiterlesen

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More green lizards: Blue-headed males and tiny juveniles

Today I made another walk in the territory of the local green lizard population. I found again a very nice male specimen with a magnifcient blueish colouration on its head and throat. Another shot: I discovered it already a few … Weiterlesen

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Starting into the herpetology season part III: On the track of green lizards

Green lizards are not only the largest but also surely the most flamboyant lacertids of central Europe. Besides this, they are also the rarest kind of lizards here around, with only a few handful of often quite local populations. Fortunately, … Weiterlesen

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Starting into the herpetology season part II: Orgiastic toad balls

Mass gatherings of mating common toads (Bufo bufo) are probably among the most spectacular herpetological phenomens you can see among European amphibians. It is really an incredibly sight to see dozens or even hundreds of this usually quite solitary anurans … Weiterlesen

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Starting into the herpetology season part I: Newts are coming

After the last entry spontaneously disappeared due to a server problem (together with the draft of the next part of the series), I make a somewhat shortened second version to restore the first part again. So here are some photos … Weiterlesen

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A tiny lindworm with huge hidden teeth and bone-armoured skin – The slow worm, largest lizard of Northern Europe

Central and Nothern Europe is not particularly rich in reptiles, and many of the native species are even quite rare and occur only quite locally restricted. In Germany for example, there are only around 13 species, among them five (or … Weiterlesen

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Bild des Tages: Bergmolch in Landtracht

Ein spontanes Bild des Tages, da ich gerade zufällig im Garten unter einem Stein einen Molch gefunden habe. Genau genommen handelt es sich um einen Bergmolch (Ichthyosaura alpestris), und um ganz genau zu sein, um ein Männchen (erkennbar am schwarz-gelben … Weiterlesen

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