This is my first post after the 20 day expedition to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. The Carpathians are renowned for their populations of large mammals such as the Brown Bear, Wolf, Wild Boar and Carpathian Red Deer. For my first post I thought I'd start off by introducing some of the Carpathians smaller inhabitants, the amphibians and reptiles which are easily over looked. Throughout the expedition we frequently came across Yellow Bellied Toads, Sand Lizards, Common Lizards, Newts and the iconic Fire Salamander. Here are a few images of the species we encountered, all of which display beautiful patterns and colours.