On March 29th 2015 Croatian border police seized more than 300 Greek tortoises that were smuggled for illegal pet trade. Origin of the animals is unknown. All animals were sent to the AWAP animal rescue center and the smuggler is facing up to three years of prison. Croatian Herpetological Society HYLA helped with providing taxonomic identification of the animals.
Read more on about this (in Croatian): https://www.presscut.hr/Web%20Sharing%20ZON%5C04-2015%5C01-04-2015/Ve%C4%8Dernji%20list/Presscut_15583047.pdf
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Alien species are species living outside of its native distributional range. They have arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental. As they make a strong imapact on their new habitat and species living there, it is believed they cause damage to the environment and may cause extinction of native species.
In the 1970s the red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans arrived in Croatia for pet trade purposes.Many of them were released in the wild but no exact data upon their first release are provided. First documented findings of this terrapin in the wild are available from later 1990s.
During 2014. we visited Telašćica Nature park to carry out our project "Monitoring of Green toad and European tree frog and inventory of odonata fauna in Nature park Telačćica". During our two field trips we recorded 17 odonata species, which represents 23,94% of the total number of dragonfl y species so far recorded in Croatia.
Only two species of amphibians inhabit the area of the Nature park: Green toad (Pseudophyllidea viridis) and European tree frog (Hyla arborea). During our field trips we visited 7 ponds and on some of them verify the frog presence. The goal of our project was to make a monitoring program for Green toad and Europaean green frog, so on every visited pond were trying to determine the best methods for thein monitoring.
Apart from Green toad and European tree frog in the area of Nature park and near surroundings, we also recorded invasive species of turtle Trachemys scripta scripta and tree species of snake: Montpellies snake (Malpolon monspessulanus), European ratsnake (Zamenis situla), Grass snake (Natrix natrix).
Austrian Herpetological Society ÖGH (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie) organized 26th Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria from 16th till 18th of January 2015.
Members of Croatian Herpetological Society – Hyla participated in this event presenting the work of our Society and one project „Conservation of karst viper, Vipera ursinii" which CHS – Hyla has been conducting over 6 years now. While in Vienna, we have visited permanent exhibitions of Museum of Natural History in Vienna and Aqua Terra Zoo Park „Haus des Merees".
Montenegrin Ecological Society organized a round table on protection of Dinaric lizards and their habitats was held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 16th of December 2014. The topic of this workshop was protection of Mosor Rock Lizard (Dinarolacerta mosorensis) that also lives and was described on area of Republic of Croatia and Prokletije Rock Lizard (Dinarolacerta montenegrina).
Montenegrin non-governmental sector, local authorities, Natural history museum in Montenegro, Ecological inspection and Croatian Herpetological Society – Hyla participated in this event where the president of CHS - Hyla shared Croatian experiences in protection of Mosor Rock Lizard.
Through this workshop all the researched localities in Montenegro, factors that influence the vulnerability of these species (fires and exploitation of Munika pine), and all the results that came out of the study of Dinaric Lizards in Montenegro were presented. Finally, this round table brought conclusions about further steps towards more quality protection of Dinaric Lizards.
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Croatian Herpetological Society – Hyla conducted field research for project „Monitoring of Italian Crested Newt, Triturus carnifex and the Danube Crested Newt, Triturus dobrogicus in Continental region of Croatia in 2014" in cooperation with State Institut for Nature Protection. In order to find Italian crested newt or Danube crested newt we examined many types of water habitats such as ponds, canals, flooded areas, etc. In these habitats we often found another two species of newts: smooth newt, Lissotriton vulgaris and alpine newt, Ichthyosaura alpestris.