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Herptiles of Turkey


Herptil Türkiye - Herptiles of Turkey

The Amphibians and Reptiles Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey


Herptiles of Turkey is a non-commercial, herptile monitoring and photography society consisting of volunteers founded in July 2011.

As a sister project of AdaMerOs Butterflies of Turkey, it is concerned with observing & conserving the nature, monitoring & reporting on herptiles living mainly in Turkey, including adjacent countries based on the sharing photos of these natural beauties stemning from the wildlife.  It is also creating a distributional database for their observational range. Thanks to this database the Herptiles of Turkey community is sharing photos and observations, developing tools and systems and creating public awareness and dissemination on our cultural heritage.

AdaMerOs - Herptiles of Turkey is also concerned with identifying species, providing information about them and their geographic distribution to allow the protection of all present herptile populations. AdaMerOs has more than 150 professional and amateur  members in both herpetology and nature photography, photos from more than 88% of the known 162 herptile species from the Turkish land.  As of the end of 2011 it contains 2.400 photos along with some monitoring reports.

17 frog and toad species (Anura), 15 salamanders and newts (Urodela), 65 lizards (Lacertilia), 10 tortoise and turtles (Testudinata) and 55 snakes (Ophidia) inhabit the Turkish land. All of the 162 (plus one invasivive turtle species)  reptile and amphibian species are represented with colour photos and short descriptions. The information within this site is mainly based on the books of Budak & Göçmen (2005), Baran & Atatür (1998) and also other recent studies on the herpetofauna of Turkey.

The aim of this community is to introduce the amphibian and reptilian fauna of a nature heaven, Turkish land (a transition zone amongst three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa), to the native and foreign nature lovers, and also to help their conservation in their own nature.



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This project is co-funded by EC under the ICT-PSP programme.