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 Post subject: HERPING SIBERIA! Lots Of Photos, One Snake
PostPosted: September 4th, 2017, 11:33 am 
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Hi everyone, it's me! Today I have something special for you - a lot of photos frome lake Baikal, Russia! Even with a herp from here.

The trip started in Krasnoyarsk, where we visited the "Stolby" ("Pillars") - a huge sanctuary, founded to protect local wildlife and also spectacular cliffs!

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Wildlife. Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus).

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Grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus).

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Siberian chipmunk or common chipmunk (Eutamias sibiricus).

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Taiga.

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After that we moved to Ulan-Ude, and then - to an ecological trail in Barguzin Sanctuary, which finished on the shores of Baikal.

Eresus kollari - beautiful little spider!

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Clematis sibirica with fruits.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/140099608 ... ed-public/

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Some dragonflies.

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Bug from the family Carabidae

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Bear was here. (Ursus arctos).

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Barguzin ridge.

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Forest fire.

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Siberian Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes).

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Barguzin Ridge covered in smoke from forest fire nearby.

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Waterfall.

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Siberian Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica). Russian name of genus Muscicapa (мухоловка) means literally the same - "flycatcher".

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Northern pika (Ochotona hyperborea).

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Bridge.

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Robber fly caught a butterfly.

ImageIMG_8904 by ru_seva, on Flickr

One more dragonfly...

ImageIMG_8923 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea).

ImageIMG_8943 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Welcome to Silent Hill

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White-breasted rock thrush (Monticola gularis) female and young male

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Half-marsh, half-meadows. Shore of Baikal.

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Fire again.

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No comments.

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Great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo).

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Siberian Shrike (Lanis sibiricus).

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Siberian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus), male.

ImageIMG_9310 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus).

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Then we moved by bus and then by train to Round-Baikal Railway, a small railway leading to faraway villages.

ImageIMG_9388 by ru_seva, on Flickr

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Endemic fishes and amphipods from Baikal! Lake Baikal is rich in biodiversity. It hosts more than 1,000 species of plants and 2,500 species of animals based on current knowledge, but the actual figures for both groups are believed to be significantly higher. More than 80% of the animals are endemic.

Pallasea cancelloides.

ImageIMG_9396 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Eulimnogammarus verrucosus.

ImageIMG_9398 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Cottocomephorus grewingki.

ImageIMG_9400 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Acanthogammarus victorii. The most beautiful crustacean I've ever seen (except mantis shrimp Oratosquilla oratoria).

ImageIMG_9402 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9403 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Eulimnogammarus cruentus.

ImageIMG_9499 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Paracottus knerii

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Baikalobia variegata, endemic huge flatworm

ImageIMG_9526 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Beauty...

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Railways.

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Apollo (Parnassius nomion) - rare beautiful butterfly.

ImageIMG_9709 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Birds of prey - Hobby (Falco subbuteo), pair, and sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).

ImageIMG_9801 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9790 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Railway.

ImageIMG_9411 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Famous Baikal Seal (Pusa sibirica)!

ImageIMG_9443 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Lake.

ImageIMG_9457 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9474 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Plants. Even orchids!

ImageIMG_9463 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9488 by ru_seva, on Flickr


AND FINALLY - SIBERIAN PIT VIPER (Gloydius halys)!!!

ImageIMG_9623 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9627 by ru_seva, on Flickr

Hope you loved the post! More photos on my Flickr account (https://www.flickr.com/photos/140099608 ... 839569916/)

Cпасибо!


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 Post subject: Re: HERPING SIBERIA! Lots Of Photos, One Snake
PostPosted: September 4th, 2017, 4:43 pm 
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Fantastic post! The only ID I'd question is "Bridge." :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: HERPING SIBERIA! Lots Of Photos, One Snake
PostPosted: September 4th, 2017, 5:04 pm 
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Siberia is a very underrepresented place in nature circles. Loved the series from Lake Baikal - I hope to visit there someday.

The Siberian Pit Viper is only one of three snakes species in Siberia, correct? Do you know how many amphibian species there are?

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PostPosted: September 5th, 2017, 4:09 am 
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Awesome! Can't say I've ever seen a Siberian herping post before. Any more pics of the snake?

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PostPosted: September 5th, 2017, 9:53 am 
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mtratcliffe wrote:
Siberia is a very underrepresented place in nature circles. Loved the series from Lake Baikal - I hope to visit there someday.

The Siberian Pit Viper is only one of three snakes species in Siberia, correct? Do you know how many amphibian species there are?

- Matt


Thanks for reading! In Siberia you can find European Adder (vipera berus), Siberian Pit Viper (Gloydis halys) and also a Grass Snake (natrix natrix). Oh, and also Meadow Adder (Vipera ursinii) in south parts like Altai. 4 species of snakes.

What's about amphibians - there are 3 species of the frogs - genus Rana (R. arvalis, R. ridibunda and R. amurensis), two species of toads (Bufo bufo and in some places B. viridis), Common Newt (Triturus vulgaris), and the most interesting thing is Siberian salamander (Hynobius keyserlingi) - a species of salamander that can renain frozen in permafrost for 100 years and then, when got out, come back to life!


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PostPosted: September 5th, 2017, 9:58 am 
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Fieldherper wrote:
Awesome! Can't say I've ever seen a Siberian herping post before. Any more pics of the snake?

FH


Thanks for reading! Here are two more pictures of the pitviper. Actually, I've seen two specimens of this snake, but only one gave me a chance to take a photo of it.

ImageIMG_9621 by ru_seva, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9622 by ru_seva, on Flickr


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PostPosted: September 5th, 2017, 11:58 am 
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great informative post, excellent! have you ever herped the volgograd or kharkov steppes area?


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 4:47 am 
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jons wrote:
great informative post, excellent! have you ever herped the volgograd or kharkov steppes area?


No, but I've gerped the steppes of Astrakhan (viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23202) and Kalmykia (post about Kalmykia will be here soon).


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 11:32 am 
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Really cool post!


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 1:16 pm 
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Awesome little viper. Looks like Siberia has some splendid bird diversity too! I would love to see a Siberian Salamander some day.

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PostPosted: September 7th, 2017, 8:57 am 
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Great pics. I've had a debate recently with someone about what it'd be like to herp Siberia, so it's really awesome to see recent photos from someone who has!


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PostPosted: September 7th, 2017, 3:18 pm 

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I recall keyserlingi as being the northernmost occurring amphibian on the planet but cannot find any references to that. Do you know where and degrees of north latitude? Thanks, Art


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