Bulgaria Reptiles

24th April 2019 to 30th April 2019

Dice snake K6018.jpg

Dice snake

We did an interesting and different trip in April 2019. The reptiles and amphibians of Bulgaria run by Miroslav Slavchev of www.naturebg.com. I went with Melvin Grey and Malcolm Schuyl.

Miro runs a number of different tours, but his speciality is Herpetology. It was interesting to see how they found and captured the reptiles. This always seems very difficult to me. We did spend a lot of time turning over stones and planks of wood 99% of which produced nothing.

As well as measuring and weighing the subject for research we then had opportunity to photograph it. We stayed at two towns Melnik and Kresna to have a greater range of species.

I purchased the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens for the trip as well as the twin flash bracket (STF-8). The flash system is not cheap, but a remarkable bit of kit. Lightweight and compact it was very handy to use.

It was a very good trip. Miro and his friend Angel worked hard to find the species and then have the patience to deal with three very enthusiastic photographers.

Worm snake K6466
Yellow-bellied toad K6482
Spur-thighed tortoise K6443
Slow worm K6432
Red-eared slider K6391 - Copy
Nose-horned viper K6371 - Copy
Nose-horned viper K6347 - Copy
Leapard snake K5887 - Copy
Leapard snake K5856 - Copy
Kotschys gecko K6298 - Copy
Kotschys gecko K6311 - Copy
Greek stream frog K6228 - Copy
Four-lined snake K6198 - Copy
Four-lined snake K6215 - Copy
Four-lined snake K6192 - Copy
Four-lined snake K6170 - Copy
European tree frog K6157 - Copy
European tree frog K6136 - Copy
European tree frog K6151 - Copy
European pond-turtle K6122 - Copy
European pond-turtle K6100
European green lizard K6083
European green lizard K6085
European green lizard K6077
European green  toad K6246
Eastern spadefoot toad K6559
Eastern spadefoot toad K6521
Eastern spadefoot toad K6517
Dice snake K6021
Dice snake K6026
Dice snake K6004
Caspian turtle K5988
Caspian turtle K5967
Balkan green-lizard K5952
Balkan green-lizard K5945
Balkan green-lizard K5942
Agile frog K5927
Agile frog K5932
Balkan crested-newt K5933
Agile frog K5903