Amphibians and Reptiles

Blotched snake, Photo: Vladimir Deryabin

In total 15 species of amphibians and reptiles have been recorded at Poda Protected Site. The most widely spread is the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), which may be observed even from the terraces of the Nature Conservation Centre.

Four snake species occur at the locality:

• Dice snake (Natrix tesselata)
• Grass snake (Natrix natrix)
• Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius
• Eastern fourlined ratsnake (Elaphe sauromates)
All of the Poda snake species are non-venomous and could, at will, be observed around the Nature Conservation Centre. The most suitable period for this purpose are the months from April to September.


The Balkan green lizard (Lacerta trilineata) can be observed in the open semi-grassed areas and in stone piles. To discover it, however, you should always be alert. lizzard.jpg
The built-up shelters for reptiles will help you to come close to those interesting inhabitants of the area.