Wildlife reports

Our PPGIS (public participation GIS)  system Development continues. Wildlife reports are being submitted on a daily basis, and new members are joining us. Although nowadays we are mainly looking up and watching bird migration, quite a few terrestrial species have been recorded as well.
The following is a summary of the most prominent reptiles and mammal species that have been reported in the last two weeks.
Caspian Turtle, Mauremys caspica
Mediterranean House gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus
Sinai Fan-fingered Gecko, Ptyodactylus guttatus
Roughtail Rock Agama, Stellagama stellio
Roughtail Rock Agama, Stellagama stellio.
Roughtail Rock Agama, Stellagama stellio. Rehovot, 3/9/2014  ©Omer Golan


Mediterranean Chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon recticrista
Bosk's fringe-toed lizard, Acanthodactylus boskianus
Caspian Whip Snake, Coluber jugularis
Caspian Whip Snake, Coluber jugularis
Caspian Whip Snake, Coluber jugularis.  © Eyal Vanunu
Black-headed Ground Snake, Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus – It is a relatively common snake in the Mediterranean region, that reaches the northern Negev desert. It resembles, both in appearance and behavior, snakes of Eirenis genus: small (rarely > 50cm length) and gentle, doesn’t bite. It is usually found on the ground, that why it was surprising to find it in the 2’nd floor of a house in kibbutz Beit Alfa (Beit Shean Valley, 05/09/2014, Barak Dotan).
Black-headed Ground snake
Black-headed Ground snake (Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus). Beit Alfa, 5/9/2014. © Barak Dotan

European Hedgehog, Erinaceus concolor
Egyptian Fruit Bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus
Kuhl's pipistrelle, Pipistrellus kuhlii
House mouse, Mus musculus
Indian Crested Porcupine, Hystrix indica
Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes
Golden Jackal, Canis aureus
Wildcat, Felis silvestris
Nountain Gazelle, Gazella gazelle gazella
Thanks a lot to all participants.
On behalf of the team,