Herping at schlangenbad and surroundings (advice needed)

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Herping at schlangenbad and surroundings (advice needed)

Postby Jesper Berndsen » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:33 pm


My name is Jesper and i'm a herping enthusiast from the Netherlands :).

I want to make a trip to Schlangenbad next year with some friends to find the aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus) and also visit the Reinheimer Teich where they reintroduced the European Pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis). I'm planning on going somewhere in may/june during the mating season of the aesculapian snake. Can anyone recommend me some nice places to visit? Right now i'm just thinking about hiking in the forested areas around Schlangenbad.

I'm also looking for a nice place to watch western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata) and green toads (Bufotes viridis). Currently i'm planning on visiting the southern slopes next to the Moesel (Cochem) or Nahe (der Rotenfels) for the western green lizard.

Tips and advice is apprecitated!

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Re: Herping at schlangenbad and surroundings (advice needed)

Postby Andreas Hohmeister » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:12 pm

Hi Jesper,

I live pretty close to the Rheingau-Taunus area, where Z. longissimus is very common (e.g. Investigation for the last years lead to a number of aprox. 10.000 individuals in this area). Even the village of Schlangenbad is well known for the aesculapian snake, due to the fact that this town has - situated in a deep and small valley - a cooler climate than the surrounding areas it is not a hot spot! You can find much more longissimus in the lower regions southwards towards the Rhine river, especially in (abandoned) wine yards. Check out the surroundings of Eltville, Walluf, Kiedrich, Hallgarten and the western parts of Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden-Frauenstein, close to the cemetary or around the "Goethe Stein"; there is also a "snake trail" signed out). Good place to find snakes is also the area between Wambach and Bärstadt, where a lot of artificial hiding places are installed due to longterm longissimus monitoring. The monastery Eberbach gives also shelter for a big and stable population of Zamensis longissimus. Best time slot for sightings of Zamensis is mid April till end of May; later it is difficult to spot the snakes because of dense vegetation. And remember: These are very secret snakes, usually hiding under logs or debris at the ground; you will never encounter a longissimus climbing or basking in tree branches - believe me....
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