Wall lizard on Texel island


This is a wall lizard video from Italy.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Lizard discovered on Texel – 26-08-14

There are no lizards on Texel. So, Texel man Hans van Garderen looked surprised when he found one in his home in Den Burg town. The animal was missing part of his tail, but looked healthy overall. He sent pictures of his special discovery to Ecomare biologist Pierre Bonnet. To find out which type it was precisely, Bonnet asked experts in the field of reptiles. According to RAVON staff member Annemarie van Diepenbeek it’s probably a young wall lizard.

Stony environment

Wall lizards are found in rocky environments in France and neighboring countries in southern Europe. In the Netherlands this species lives in one place, in Maastricht. Texel is not a suitable habitat for a wall lizard. They love a stony environment and not all that sand! Sand lizards do live on Terschelling and Vlieland, and on Terschelling, also the viviparous lizard. These species would also be able to live on Texel, but then you would expect them in the dunes, not in a house in Den Burg!

Alone or more of them

To find out whether this is a lone adventurer or whether there might be a population living on the island, Pierre advised Hans to also look in the garden. Among the stones he turned were there plenty of smooth newts, but no lizards. How the wall lizard came to Den Burg is unknown. It was probably taken along by people accidentally. Maybe it hitched a ride from a French campsite.

Edible frogs feeding on moths, video


This video is about edible frogs in the Netherlands, feeding on moths attracted by lamp light.

Jos van Zijl made the video.

Save amphibians, worldwide alliance


This video says about itself:

Together We Can Save Amphibians

28 November 2013

The Amphibian Survival Alliance is the world’s largest partnership for the protection of amphibians. Our approach is effective and efficient — by creating new reserves in priority sites worldwide we are able to save entire species with modest and targeted investment. Over the next six months we will triple every dollar donated through WorthWild, with a goal of securing 100,000 football fields-worth of amphibian habitat in the Philippines, Madagascar, Ecuador and beyond. Learn more here. Help Spread The Word. Share This Initiative!

From Wildlife Extra:

World’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation formed

Amphibian conservation is proving to be one of the most important conservation challenges of this century, with alarming implications for the health of ecosystems globally.

Which is why Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has joined the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) in agreeing to support conservation actions and research to address the global amphibian extinction crisis.

Together they make the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation.

Amphibians are key indicators of environmental change and biological health. Their permeable skin absorbs toxic chemicals, which makes them more susceptible to environmental disturbances on land and in water.

Breathing through their skin means they are more directly affected by chemical changes present in our polluted world – so the health of amphibians such as frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole.

Frogs have survived in more or less their current form for 250 million years – surviving asteroid crashes, ice ages and other environmental disasters and disturbances.

They have a natural extinction rate of about one species every 500 years, but shockingly, since 1980 up to 200 species have completely disappeared.

Using a priority-actions framework provided by the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, this new partnership will facilitate the implementation of conservation initiatives at all scales, from local to global.

“We are delighted to have Fauna & Flora International join the ASA,” said Don Church, Executive Director of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

“FFI’s long tradition of achieving conservation impact in the field is exactly what amphibians need now.”

Aldrin Mallari, FFI’s Philippines Country Director, added, “We are very happy to have found allies in ASA, to jointly address the issues of such excellent ambassador species for fragile ecosystems.”

Hop on to Amphibian Survival Alliance to find learn more about how organisations like FFI and others around the world are working together within the ASA for amphibians, the environment and people.

Amphibians, more wildlife benefit from new nature reserve


This video is called British Amphibians – Smooth Newts (Triturus vulgaris).

Dutch RAVON herpetologists report about  a new nature reserve, made in 2009 along the Strijper Aa river in Cranendock local authority in Noord-Brabant province.

Translated from their report:

This is one the richest areas in North Brabant province for amphibians, with nine species living there, including provincially significant populations of spadefoot toad and natterjack toad. Also Alpine newt, smooth newt, common toad, common frog, moor frog, pool frog and edible frog live here. To follow the development of the amphibian populations in 2009 a five-year monitoring project started. …

Not only amphibians benefit from the establishment of the ecological corridor in the area. On the shore of one of the new waters a viviparous lizard was seen, already during the first year. In the waters there are rare plants like lesser marshwort, floating water plantain, fan-leaved water crowfoot, six-stamened waterwort, floating club-rush, water horsetail and marsh St John’s wort. Possibly, they are from the old seed bank of the Pastoorsven [a lake which used to be here]. Red-backed shrikes have nested on the edge of the area and the winter of 2012-2013 brought a great grey shrike wintering in the area. The curlew stayed in the area as well. In addition to more common species like reed bunting and yellow wagtail, skylarks and partridges are breeding there.

The rare southern migrant hawker was seen here in 2011, along with common winter damselfly, Lestes barbarus and scarce blue-tailed damselfly. Besides common butterflies like peacock, whites, gatekeeper and small heath, also the less common Queen of Spain fritillary has been seen foraging in the area.

A more extensive report is here.

Carnivorous water plants, dragonflies, birds and grass snake


Common bladderwort flowers, 4 August 2014

On 4 August 2014, again to Gooilust. In a ditch there, many yellow common bladderwort flowers.

Common bladderwort, 4 August 2014

This is a carnivorous water plant, feeding on small crustaceans and insects.

Common bladderwort yellow flowers, 4 August 2014

Himalayan balsam flowers on the bank.

Near the Gooilust mansion, a male black-tailed skimmer dragonfly flying.

Ruddy darter female, 4 August 2014

At the dragonfly pond, another dragonfly. A female ruddy darter?

On land near that pond, a baby common frog. Many wild strawberry plants with fruits.

Nuthatch sound.

Wood mouse, 4 August 2014

Then, a small rodent. A wood mouse.

A robin on a lawn.

Blackbird male and rowan berries, 4 August 2014

A flock of blackbirds, feeding on rowan berries.

Speckled wood, 4 August 2014

A speckled wood butterfly on a blackberry bush.

Finally, a grass snake swimming in a broad ditch.

New Brazilian frog discovery, name honours escaped slaves


This video is the film Quilombo, on the history of slavery in Brazil, and slaves’ resistance to it.

From Wildlife Extra:

New species of frog named after slaves

A tiny new species of narrow-mouthed frog from the Microhylidae family has been discovered in the Atlantic Forest of the Espírito Santo State, southeastern Brazil.

Measuring just 14mm, the new species has been name[d] Chiasmocleis quilombola after the quilombos communities typical of the Espírito Santo State in Brazil, where the frogs were collected.

Quilombola communities are descended from slaves who dared to escape during colonial Portuguese rule in Brazil between 1530 and 1815 and find a refuge in the depths of the Atlantic Forest.

Even today in the north of Espírito Santo State quilombola communities still remain and maintain alive their traditions, such as quilombola food and craftwork.

Chiasmocleis quilombola occupy coastal areas north of Espírito Santo State, a region that is under strong human pressure, therefore the species may face imminent threat of habitat loss.

The discovery was made by scientists from two US universities, the University of Richmond in Virginia and The George Washington University in Washington DC.

See also here.

The scientific description of the new species is here.