Malaga Animals

Montpelier snake

“Animals” is a bit vague. I’m not including bugs and birds here but pretty well everything else: Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians.

“You don’t have much wildlife here, do you?” A Swedish visitor astounded me by saying this. “We see a lot more in Sweden” he averred. I had an instant vision of taiga forests with elk and bears tango-ing down the pathways.

Large animals are hard to see, partly because populations are recovering from extensive over-hunting. They are protected now but there is an active hunting community, which gives any animals that lack natural caution a short life-expectancy. The terrain is rugged and some of the most exciting species are crepuscular – dawn and dusk lovers – or nocturnal. Others are just damn good at hiding. Many a walker has asked me nervously whether we might see snakes and the answer is “Only if we are very lucky indeed”. Nevertheless, there is a magnificent range of wildlife that I feel privileged to have seen. The table below details some of it and provides links to posts where I’ve written of the more interesting species or encounters with them.

Amphibian, FrogPerez's frogPelophylax perezi
Mammal, BatPipistrelle BatPipistrellus pipistrellusThe sunlight flight
Mammal, GoatSpanish IbexCapra pyrenaicaI See Ibex
Reptile, LizardMoorish GeckoArentola mauritanica,
Reptile, Lizard European ChameleonChamaeleo chamaeleon¡Chameleon!
Reptile, LizardSammoPsammadromus algirus
Reptile, Snake
Viperine Water Snake
Viperine Water SnakeNatrix maura