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The Eastern Rhodopes really are reptile paradise. No place in Europe has a better variety of lizards (12), snakes (14) and turtles&tortoises (4). The mosaic landscape with a large variety of habitats and hot summers have favored thirty species.

Tortoise species are represented by Hermann's tortoise and Greek tortoise. Both species are very similar, except the divided versus undivided tail carapace and Hermann's tail  which is considerably longer and ends in a horny ray.

Pond turtles inhabit stagnant and slowly streaming water and are represented by the widespread European Pond Turtle and the rare Western Caspian Тurtle (Balkan Terrapin), which occurs along the Byala Reka river.

The only one Gecko species that occurs in the Eastern Rhodopes is Kotschy’s Gecko. It prefers living in human settlements  and it can often be seen  at night in the village lights hunting for insects.

Reintroduction of tarpans

Taxonomy  In 1784 Pieter Boddaert named the Tarpan under Latin name Equus ferus, referring to Gmelin's description of this animal. Even...

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Located in the most southern part of the Rhodopes, the area of Ivaylovgrad enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Olive trees and Laurel show it....

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