The Cyprus Grass Snake (Natrix natrix cypriaca) is an endemic subspecies of Cyprus, highly protected by EU and Cypriot law, as a “priority species”. Dr Savvas Zotos and Marilena Stamatiou, researchers of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Management Laboratory of the Open University of Cyprus, have secured financial support of the Societas Europaea Heretologica (SEH) Conservation Grant in Herpetology for 2023, to implement the research project “Monitoring the population of the endemic Cyprus grass snake at Paralimni lake”. This is the first structured monitor scheme for the Paralimni population of this endangered species in more than fifteen years. The project aims to collect a significant amount of data on the population’s structure and dynamics, as well as supplementary notes on the quality of the habitat, and dangers it might face.
Source: The Open University of Cyprus I News (https://bit.ly/3STVRhd)