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    Posted: 04 Jan 2011 at 4:52pm
mon jan 3rd. 6pm. New Moon.
conds; intermittent light drizzle, relatively warm.

SO,

i had my usual scan of the garden pond with my 6 cell mega Maglite. only the 3rd night id been able to see anything much. owing to the thick ice since before xmas.
saw zilch on the first 2 nights. despite multiple visits and much scanning.

however last night i spotted 3 adult Palmate Newts (2 males/1 fem) near the bank. the female had found something in the mud and was snapping at it. couldnt see what though.

do i win a prize for 1st RAUK 2011 sighting report?

thought not.

anyone else seen herps yet?
or even looked?

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Saw a dead toad on the road a month back but that's it.   Dunno why it was there.
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I heared a report of a pink snake seen locally over christmas and the new year ,sounds like an escaped albino to me but I m happy for you to claim the title Ben,well done
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Couple of toads on the road during heavy rain as I was driving along last Saturday night.
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The only lizards spotted this year have been lounge lizards
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Toad on road on rainy Gower this evening!
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thanks people.
im excited to hear of and see amphibians afoot so soon. i love encountering toads on the move dont you?

thanks matt and mark for reporting.

i seem to see amphibians increasingly often midwinter in recent years. is this a thought to be a cause for concern?

hi KEITH ,
i had some lounge lizard RELATIVES over for xmas and they kept shedding their tales.

but i wasnt really interested in hearing them!

cheers DAVE you can have half of the prize for your kind words.
dont say i never give you nothing.

all these reports are from the west. apart from the stiff and the alien.
whats happening in kent and northumbria i wonder?

RAUK calling herpers......

regards to all, ben

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13 degrees in North Wales today,could be an early start for the adders this year.
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Congratulations Ben on your first sighting of the year.

I havent' seen any amphibians or reptiles yet but then I haven't started looking yet. Think it might be an early start this year and I'm not even ready for the survey season yet!

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Frogspawn on Gower, South Wales - 13th Jan


Picture by Siriol Jones

http://goweros.blogspot.com/2011/01/first-frog-spawn.html

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