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847 Signatures Now on Petition to save the Cyprus Grass Snake

847 Signatures Now on Petition to save the Cyprus Grass Snake

December 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The petition says: “Snake George is desperately worried about the high risk that the endemic Cyprus Grass Snake will become extinct and realises that the Republic of Cyprus is simply not taking the necessary action to give it a real chance of survival.” Snake George, whose name is Hans-George Wiedl is a conservationist whose speciality […]

UKIP and Lib Dems act to help Save The Cyprus Grass Snake

UKIP and Lib Dems act to help Save The Cyprus Grass Snake

November 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MEP’s from the UK, representing UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, have pledged active support for the campaign to save the Cyprus Grass Snake from extinction and set up a captive breeding program.   Both political parties will be writing to European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potocnik (janez.potocnik [at] ec.europa [dot] eu.) asking him for […]

Cyprus Grass Snake could be extinct in three years

Cyprus Grass Snake could be extinct in three years

October 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

THE CYPRUS grass snake will be extinct in three years unless drastic measures are taken to protect the breed, President of  Cyprus Reptiles Hans-Jorg Wiedl aka ‘Snake George warned yesterday. “I have been trying to get the backing of the government for the last three years to start up a conservation and breeding programme to […]

Update on Xyliatos and the Cyprus Grass Snake

Update on Xyliatos and the Cyprus Grass Snake

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Grass Snake was rediscovered in 1992 by George after this species was believed to be extinct for many decades on Cyprus. That was two years before the authorities started to breed the trout in the Xyliatos Dam. The trout is a natural enemy of the Grass Snake and not natural or native to Cyprus. […]

Xyliatos, Fish ,Fishermen and the Cyprus Grass Snake

Xyliatos, Fish ,Fishermen and the Cyprus Grass Snake

February 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

BENEATH the still waters of the picturesque reservoir of Xyliatos, a battle for survival has been raging between an aggressive, large-mouthed alien and an unassuming, unassertive native. On land, meanwhile, ensuring victory for the home-grown underdog has involved turning accepted environmental good practice on its head and redrawn the battles lines between illegal and legal […]

Snake George says conservation plan too little, too late

Snake George says conservation plan too little, too late

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A LOCAL reptiles expert yesterday hit out at government plans to save the Cyprus grass snake, saying the rescue plan should have been launched years ago. On Monday, the Game Fund announced it was to bring over a US expert to draw up a plan for saving the fast disappearing species, called a water-snake in […]

Anglers being roped in to save cyprus grass snake

Anglers being roped in to save cyprus grass snake

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Michele Kambas Published by The Cyprus Mail on February 9, 2010 ANGLERS are being brought in to help rescue a critically endangered Cyprus water snake that has lived on the island for thousands of years, but now faces a major threat from a snappy fish with a big appetite. As of next Monday, when […]

The Cyprus Grass Snake

The Cyprus Grass Snake

February 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cyprus Grass Snake   Natrix natrix cypriaca Introduction:  The Grass Snake is one of the most rare and endangered snakes in Cyprus.  This snake, was first mentioned as “water snake” by Dr. J. Sibthorp who visited Cyprus in 1787.  Boulenger in 1888 in his list “On Reptiles and Batrachians from Cyprus” cites it as […]

Report on Xyliatos and Paralimni Lake, 2005

Report on Xyliatos and Paralimni Lake, 2005

April 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Report on the situation regarding the Cyprus Grass Snake (Natrix natrix cypriaca) at the Xyliatou dam and the Paralimni Lake in 2005 By Hans- Jorg Wiedl  The Xyliatou Dam was built in 1980-82 to provide farming irrigation. In 1992 I discovered a grass snake population at the plant in spite of repeated reports by the […]