As winter approaches, the snakes retrieve to their artificial burrows to spend the next few months hibernated underground in the Centre’s outdoor terrariums.
The results of our surveys carried out during the Hungarian meadow viper LIFE project have shown that the common buzzard is one of the most important birds of prey hunting for the Hungarian meadow viper.
By the end of this spring we finished the rebuilding of outdoor terraria in the Hungarian Meadow Viper Conservation Center, and thanks to the doubled “capacity”, we were able to arrange even more breeding pairs.
First Saturday of September is the Hungarian Meadow Viper Day. As always. After two years break this traditional event was organized again.
At the end of July we released a total of 50 meadow vipers into two grasslands of the Kiskunság National Park that are – based on previous research – considered to provide suitable habitat conditions for the snakes.
With the arrival of spring, we took part in several events promoting the project and Hungary’s herpetofauna.
Although February is officially winter, as a result of today’s warm, springlike weather this year’s first viper came out from its burrow on one of the sites in Hanság.
Vipers living in the Center currently spend winter hibernated in artificial burrows.
On the 15th and 16th of October, 2021 the Opening Workshop of the ongoing LIFE project was held with more than 60 participants, although due to the global pandemic it occurred one and a half year later than it was planned.
On World Animal Day we presented our species conservation program in several locations: in Budapest Zoo and in Szeged Game Park. At Budapest Zoo with the help of puzzles, quizzes and our mobile exhibition those interested could get a closer look not only the Hungarian meadow viper, but also the amphibian and reptile species of Hungary.