FAUNA - REPTILES & INSECTS
SEPTEMBER 2018 – WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE A BEAUTIFUL SNAKE TO YOU.
It lives in the dune ecosystems – this snake is not poisonous, although it looks scary!
We have to get used to the fact that the animal kingdom does not distinguish between its own habitat and ours and when it needs to bathe it comes into our zone, even a house, without a backward thought.
We have taken over its environment.
The group of colubrids (Colubridae) includes about one thousand eight hundred species. Future research has to be carried out to provide more clarity so as to better understand a group as large as this.
We call every ophidian which is not a threat to man and is not even very big,
a SNAKE. To stimulate curiosity and get study going about this fascinating reptile world, we bet you that: all snakes are serpents, but not all serpents are snakes . . .?
JULY 2018 – IT WAS LOST, WANDERING ALONG THE ROAD
AND WE WERE ABLE TO SAVE IT – thanks to some of our citizens getting in touch with us.
As it was in perfect condition, we were able to set this beautiful young Common Chameleon free in its natural habitat in Artola. We only had it with us for a few hours but we got to known it is able to confirm that it will know how to find its place, be able to look after itself and protect itself from whatever life
has in store for it.
We wish it all the very best as it stays, comes to adulthood and leaves its mark on the “Dunas de Artola” Natural Monument..
BABY BOOM IN ARTOLA
Thanks to members of the public working together, we can confirm that the baby chameleons in their habitat in the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola” are in excellent health.
The families are getting bigger and soon there will be a good sized population of common chameleons on site.
IBERIAN WORM LIZARD (Blanus cinereus)
We received some photos in the post from a friend who wondered if it was an earthworm because it has eyes and a mouth.
The Blind Worm is a reptile adapted to underground life and specialised in digging tunnels. Its cylindrical body is covered with quadrangular scales that are aligned in the form of rings.
Although it has no limbs, its closest relatives are Iberian skinks and lizards.
It has a small head and a rounded snout. Its sight is vestigial (a very important fact), while its sense of smell and hearing are developed.
The Blind Worms reproduce in spring between March and June and lay a single setting of 1-2 eggs about 34mm in length and 6mm in width, so we can say that the specimen found is still young. It is found exclusively in the Iberian southeast and it likes all forms of oak and Mediterranean pine forests.
13TH JULY 2017
A FURTHER RELEASE OF 5 COMMON CHAMELEONS (Chamaeleo chamaeleon)
These specimens had been taken care of at the Chameleon Recovery Centre and handed over to our Association by Environmental Sustainability for the area of the City of Málaga.
This release was handled jointly with the Regional Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Planning and the Malaga Provincial Council and once again it took place in the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola”, in Cabopino, which is now the “habitat of the Common Chameleon”.
PRODUNAS SPONSORS 5 CHAMELEONS
5 Common Chameleons (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) have been released by the Pro Dunas Association into the Artola Natural Monument area. The re-establishment of this species is a great challenge for us. The reptiles come from the CREA program of the Andalusian Regional Government.
- Each Chamaeleon has been micro-chipped to help with their survival.
The breeding season is from July to September when, after 2 months gestation, the eggs are laid on sandy soil. 10 months later they hatch and a new chameleon
Pro Dunas requests that no-one touches any of the chameleons or removes them from their dune habitat.
Any sighting of a chameleon should be reported to the Pro Dunas Association.
IBERIAN SKINK (Chalcides bedriagal)
This small reptile is about 15 cm long and is unique to the Iberian Peninsula. The Bedriaga Skink differs from other Skinks in that it has 5 fingers on each of its 4 legs.
The body is smooth and shiny and is brownish-grey in colour with a small, triangular head and a rounded snout. The tail makes up approximately half the length of the animal. The skink looks like a mix of lizard and snake.
It is very shy. It moves with rapid undulating movements. It hides in the sandy environments covered in dune vegetation in the Ecological Reserve of the Marbella dune coastline area.
It feeds on various invertebrates. It is very pacific and is not poisonous¡
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