Many amphibians and reptiles are difficult to observe in the wild, and sometimes it may cost some extra time and effort in finding particular species. Wildwatching Spain Ltd. offers specialized guides that have knowledge on where and when to find the species of your interest Some species have adapted to very specific geographical locations and climatical conditions, and can be found in only a few natural areas in Spain.
In the salamander family (Caudata), beautiful species such as the spotted salamander (Salamandra salamandra), golden-striped salamander (Chioglossa lusitanica), sharp-eibbed newt (Pleurodes waltl), pyrenean brook (Calotriton asper), montseny´s brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi), marbled newt (Triturus marmoratus), southern marbled newt (Triturus pygmaeus), alpine newt (Mesotriton alpestris), palmate newt (Lissotriton helvticus) and the bosca´s newt (Lissotriton boscai) can be found in Spain. We offer the right equipment to catch and observe salamanders, without causing them any harm.
There is also a high diversity of toads, including the Mediterranean Painted Frog (Discoglossus pictus), Iberian Painted Frog (Discoglossus galganoi), Spanish Painted Frog (Discoglossus jeanneae), Common Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans), Betic Midwife Toad (Alytes dickhilleni), Iberian Midwife Toad (Alytes cisternasii), Western Spadefoot (Pelobates cultripes), Western Spadefoot (Pelodytes ibericus), Common Parsley Frog (Pelodytes punctatus), and Natterjack Toad (Epidalea Calamita).
Among frogs you are able to find striking species such as the mediterranean tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), iberian green frog (Pelophylax perezi), common tree frog (Hyla arborea), agile frog (Rana dalmantina), iberian frog (Rana iberica), pyrenees frog (Rana pyrenaica), and the introduced american bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus). Some species can be found in small ponds during the day, whereas other species require night expeditions to observe them.
Among the turtles and tortoises we can find the spur-tighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) , hermann´s tortoise (Testudo hermanni), european pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis), tortoise red eared terrapin (Trachemys scripta), spanish terrapin (Mauremys leprosa), and marine turtles like the logger head sea turtle (Caretta caretta), green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the atlantic hawkswill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). This diversity of species can be found over a variety of habitats, whereby you will get to see a beautiful part of Spain when observing them.
Even chameleons, geckos, slow worms and skinks can be found in Spain, among them the mediterranean chamaleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), iberian worm lizard (Blanus cinereus), the slow worm (Anguis fragilis), la salamanquesa rosada (Hemidactylus turcicus), wall gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), bedriaga´s skink (Chalcides bedriagai) and the western three-toed skink (Chalcides striatus). Since many European countries don’t have the right environmental conditions for these species, Spain is a country to recommend if you want to observe them in the wild.
The Lacertilia suborder of lizard is without doubt one of the most diverse and interesting groups of reptiles in Spain, partly due to their ease of observation and their high degree of endemicity. The species that we’ll be able to show you are the spiny-footed lizard (Acanthodactylus erythrurus), spanish algyroides (Algyroides marchi), Aran rock lizard (Iberolacerta aranica), Aurelio´s rock lizard (Iberolacerta aurelioi), pyrenean rock lizard (Iberolacerta bonnali), Iberian rock lizard (Iberolacerta cyreni), leon rock lizard (Iberolacerta galani), Batueca´s rock lizard (Iberolacerta martinezricai), Iberian rock izard (Iberolacerta monticola), sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), Western geen lizard (Lacerta bilineata), Schreiber´s green lizard (Lacerta schreiberi), Columbretes Wall Lizard (Podarcis atrata), Bocage's Wall Lizard (Podarcis bocagei), Carbonell´s wall lizard (Podarcis carbonelli), Iberian wall lizard (Podarcis hispanica), common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis), the introduced italian wall lizard (Podarcis sicula), Andalusian wall lizard (Podarcis vaucheri), Spanish psammodromus (Psammodromus hispanicus), la lagartija colilarga oriental psammodromus (Psammodromus jeanneae), lagartija colilarga occidental (Psammodromus manuelae), Ocelated lizard (Timon lepidus) and the Viviparus lizard (Zootoca vivipara).
The last group of reptiles in Spain are the snakes, from the colubrid and viper family. We’ll be able to find species such as the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), Southern smoth snake (Coronella girondica), horseshoe whip snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis), green whip snake (Hierophis viridiflavus), false smoth snake (Macroprotodon brevis), Montpelier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus), viperine snake (Natrix maura), grass snake (Natrix natrix), ladder snake (Rhinechis scalaris), Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus), asp viper (Vipera aspis), Lataste´s viper (Vipera latastei), and the endemic Seoane´s viper (Vipera seoanei).