Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Frogs on new issue from Slovenia

Yesterday was a bank holiday in France, the commemoration of the armistice of the WW I. The weather was rather nice in Paris so I took this opportunity to spend the whole day out, without time to write on my blog, sorry for that.

I’m always thrilled when I discover new stamp issues that picture my favourite topic : frogs. During the weekend I discovered, almost by accident, a new issue from Slovenia that will fit very well into my collection. This is a set of three stamps and one souvenir sheet issued on the 29th of September 2008 picturing endangered fauna and focusing on amphibians and reptiles. Two stamps actually picture a frog.

Here is the first one.
It pictures an Italian agile frog (Rana latastei), also called sometimes Lataste’s frog. This frog species can be found in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Slovenia. This is one of the four species of brown frogs that can be found in Slovenia together with the Common Frog (Rana temporaria), the Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) and the Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina).
As far as I know this is the first stamp which is issued picturing this specific species of frog.
The second stamp pictures a Fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina).




The fire-bellied toad takes its name from the brightly coloured red pattern on the ventral region. It is used as a warning to predator. This type of toad can be found in Europe and Asia. It has already been pictured on stamps on several occasions, such as this stamp from Poland (part of a set issued in 1963) and this stamp from Turkey (part of set issued in 1990).



The fire-bellied toad is very similar to another toad of the same family, the yellow bellied toad (Bombina varietaga), that can also be found in Slovenia and that differs mainly by the colour of the belly.

The last stamp of the set issued by Slovenia pictured another amphibian, the Italian crested newt (Triturus carnifex), which is one of the largest newt in Europe.



And finally the souvenir sheet belonging to the same set contains on stamp and pictures a snake, the four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata), so called because of the four lines that you can see all along its body, that lives mainly in south-eastern Europe and Asia.

I don’t resist also to the pleasure to show you the First Day Cover with its frog cancel !








1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,

Its' nice to have you back on your blog !! after a long silence...
The thrill of finding something (that too accidentaly) related to one's topic is often undescribable !!
Last month I found something for my collection I have been looking for a very long time....pure heaven!!

Regards,
Kalpana