Lake Kerkini: A Greek Wonderland

The Mammal List

Apart from humanity the most obvious mammals around the lake are are the cattle, sheep, goats and buffaloe. The buffaloe are by far the most interesting of these although there numbers have made them an ecological problem in the last few years. Of the native mammals mice and hedgehogs are the most commonly seen, and unfortunately most of the hedgehogs are road casualities. Generally speaking the best way to see mammals is to drive around at night, or to walk in the mountains. The list below is short a few species we know, but time and equipment have been lacking for proper surveys. There are plenty of bats around but we have no 100% sure identifications. We know Pippistrelles are here from a caught specimen, but I couldn't decide which of the two species it was. We would love somebody who knows there bats to come and visit for a little.

The Lake Kerkini Mammals List
Scientific Name English Name
Erinaceus concolor Eastern Hedgehog
Crocidura leucodon Bi-coloured White-toothed Shrew
Talpa europea Common Mole
Lepus europaeus Brown Hare
Sciurus vulgaris Red Squirrel
Microtus rossiaemeridonalis Sibling Vole
Arvicola terrestris Water Vole
Nanospalax leucodon Lesser Mole Rat
Apodemus agrarius Striped Field Mouse
Apodemus flavicollis Yellow-necked Mouse
Apodemus sylvaticus Wood Mouse
Rattus rattus Black Rat
Mus musculus (domesticus) Western House Mouse
Mus macedonicus Balkan Short-tailed Mouse
Glis glis Edible Dormouse
Canis aureus Jackal
Canis lupus Wolf
Vulpes vulpes Red Fox
Mustela nivalis Weasel
Martes foina Beech Martin
Meles meles Badger
Lutra lutra Otter
Felis silvestris Wildcat
Sus scrofa Wildboar
Capreolus capreolus Roe Deer

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