Friday, July 18, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: Frogs and terrapins of summer

When the heat makes any birdwatching attempt vain, the small wetlands of Eastern Attica may provide some quite interesting alternatives for nature lovers. Few know that a very rare and critically endangered freshwater fish, the Marathon Minnow, is found in a few locations like Schinias National Park and Vravrona Wetland. Terrapins are widespread, so are the Greek Marsh Frogs, an endemic of southern Greece. 

Balkan Terrapins are the most common terrapin found near Athens, preferring ponds and slow-flowing streams

The Greek Marsh Frog is very widespread, found in every freshwater wetland

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