Reptiles in south-west Ukraine

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In this study, we present a new occurrence core of reptile species distributed in Odesa Oblast (province; south-west Ukraine). We collected 200 records (2012–2022) for 12 species.

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Oskyrko O, Lysenko R, Obikhod D, Yakovliev M, Haidash O (2023). Reptiles in south-west Ukraine. Version 1.1. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Occurrence dataset.


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Occurrence; Observation


Oleksandra Oskyrko
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
PhD student
Key lab of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District
100101 Beijing
Roman Lysenko
  • Originator
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
prosp. Akademika Hlushkova 2
03022 Kyiv
Daryna Obikhod
  • Originator
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
prosp. Akademika Hlushkova 2
03022 Kyiv
Maksym Yakovliev
  • Originator
Deputy director for research
Danube biosphere reserve NAS of Ukraine
Tatarbunarskogo Povstannya, 134a
68355 Vilkove
Oleksandr Haidash
  • Originator
Danube biosphere reserve NAS of Ukraine
Tatarbunarskogo Povstannya, 134a
68355 Vilkove
Oleh Prylutskyi
  • Custodian Steward
Associate professor
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Svobody sq. 4, School of Biology
61022 Kharkiv

Geographic Coverage

Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

Bounding Coordinates South West [45.19, 27.817], North East [48.261, 31.388]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Reptilia

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 2012-2022

Project Data

No Description available

Title Setting conservation priorities for reptiles and their habitats in the Ukrainian Bessarabia
Identifier ID 34322-2
Funding Rufford Small Grants Foundation
Study Area Description Odesa oblast (region), Ukraine

The personnel involved in the project:

Oleksandra Oskyrko

Sampling Methods

We collected all species of the class Reptilia in the Odesa Oblast (south-west Ukraine). A herpetological field survey conducted across the whole area was carried out during 2014–2022 (every expedition was around 3–7 days and 3–5 people) from April to September. Field works were conducted throughout the day (8–10 hours of active field work) whenever weather conditions were seemingly optimal for surveying as many species as possible. Field surveys were primarily based on different selected transects of various lengths or by targeted species searches, covering all types of habitats. We employed the line transect method, recorded and identified all reptiles found roughly 5 m on both sides of the pathway. We collected data with dipnetting, netting, trawling of water bodies, stone-flipping and other refugia searches, and visual searching. Observations were documented with digital photographs of individuals when possible and surrounding habitats. Captured animals were released at the capture site. We recorded coordinates and altitude for all observations using hand-held GPS.

Study Extent Odesa Oblast, Ukraine
Quality Control Species identification was based on Arnold & Ovenden (2002) and followed the taxonomy of Speybroeck et al. (2020).

Method step description:

  1. Field surveys (expedition around 3–7 days)
  2. Collected data (transect method)
  3. Documented observations (photographs of individuals and recorded coordinates and altitude)
  4. Release animals at the capture sites

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Arnold, N. & Ovenden, D.W. (2002) Reptiles and Amphibians of Europe. Collins, London, UK.
  2. Speybroeck, J., Beukema, W., Dufresnes, C., Fritz, U., Jablonski, D., Lymberakis, P. et al. (2020) Species list of the European herpetofauna – 2020 update by the Taxonomic Committee of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica. Amphibia-Reptilia, 41, 139–189.
  3. Oskyrko O., Lysenko R., Obikhod D., Yakovliev M., Haidash O. (2023). Reptiles and their conservation in south-west Ukraine. Oryx, (accepted).

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