Dutch reptiles’ spring beginning

This video is about a European adder (Vipera berus) in N-E Romania.

Translated from the Dutch ichthyologists and herpetelogists of RAVON:

After the first amphibians started to migrate last week, the reptiles are beginning to awaken from their hibernation. In the first days of March, at various places in the country, RAVON volunteers have seen some adders and two lizard species.

The first adder was reported on March 1 in Friesland province. Two days later on the Veluwe, two adders, a common lizard and a sand lizard [see also here and here] were observed.

More adder reports here. And here.

Another common lizard in Overijssel province: here.

Adders will go to great lengths to find a mate: here.

Another sign of spring: the common cranes are back in Friesland.

Spoonbills are also back from migration in the Netherlands.

A tentative species list of the European herpetofauna (Amphibia & Reptilia)—an update: here.

Adders across Britain are to be swabbed for DNA in tests conducted by the Zoological Society of London, Oxford University and conservation group Natural England.

Dutch reptiles molting: here.

Dutch reptiles, amphibians and fish in 2013: here.

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    By Emma Foster, Community Newswire

    ANIMALS Adders Kent, 09 mrt 2010 – 17:06

    A Kent wildlife trust is beginning to experience the first signs of spring as reptiles and amphibians that have slept through the cold winter begin to wake up.

    Wildwood Discovery Park’s adders are among the first animals to wake up from their long hibernation and are being hand-fed by the keepers in the park’s reptile room.

    The lizards, frogs and pond tortoises are expected to wake up soon as the weather improves, staff at the park said.

    Visitors to the park, near Canterbury, will start to see them in their enclosures as the weather gets warmer.

    Ali Bennett, a keeper at Wildwood, said: “It is always exciting to see them waking up.

    “We are always concerned that some of them might not survive their hibernation and getting them to eat their first meal is always a challenge.”

    Wildwood Discovery Park is set in 40 acres of ancient woodland and is home to more than 300 animals.

    It aims to help people learn about the natural history of Britain by seeing the wildlife that once lived here, such as the wolf, beaver, red squirrel, wild boar and many more, close up.

    The park is situated close to Canterbury, just off the A291 between Herne Bay and Canterbury. Admission prices are £9.95 for adults and £7.95 for children. The park is currently open 10am to 4pm, seven days a week.

    For more information on the charity visit http://www.wildwoodtrust.org or call 0871 782 0087.



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