AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF LEAOTA MOUNTAINS

Leaota Mountain shelters a high number of amphibians and reptiles, and the temporary ponds from the river sides and forests are important breeding sites for many amphibians such as toads and newts.

Until now, our researchers identified over 8 amphibian and over 7 reptile species on the Wildland properties.

Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra), Common Newt (Triturus vulgaris), Alpine Newt (Triturus alpestris) and the endemic Carpathian Newt (Triturus montandoni) typically inhabit forests with good access to water. They populate well in old deciduous forests of Leaota. Outside the spawning season, these species live terrestrially. After the adults come out of winter hibernation, they migrate to their spawning pools (forest ponds) with cold water.

During the mating season, early in the year, the males of Alpine Newt exhibit a spectacular dark-blue colouring on their backs. Their flanks have white-black-spotted stripes below sky-blue stripes, and their bellies are bright orange. The females, in water camouflage, are mottled brown.

The reptile species like Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis), Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis), Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis), Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), are thriving on the undisturbed forest edges and rocky meadows.

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