Herping in Sinai Peninsula (Egypt)

Hello fellow Naturalists :smiley:
I’m going to travel to Sharm el Sheikh in 2 weeks, but I’m not at all interested in spending my time on the beach, I want to visit some historical and natural places (have already researched that)… and hopefully find some herps :) Since Sinai Peninsula is a popular tourist destination I thought maybe some of you have been there. If so, were you able to find a lot of lizards and snakes? What would be the best places for that? Is there any chance for seeing sea turtles in November? I guess it’s not the right season, is it?
Thanks in advance for your answers :)

I’ve been there once as a kid, I remember that each evening everything was covered in gekkos and my mom’ve seen a sea turtle, it was in early April.

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Geckos are my favorite lizards, so I hope it’s the same in November :smiley: In Turkey where I currently live geckos are still active, so in Egypt they should be as well. Of course, it would be cool to see a horned viper snake but I don’t have high hopes for that

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make sure to stay near the tourist areas. If you wander into the wild areas without an escort and permission from local authority, it is extremely dangerous especially at night.

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It’s going to be my first time in Egypt, so for sure I’m not going to travel alone at night, especially as a foreign-looking woman. But if there are any good spots for herping I would consider hiring a local guide/driver to go there. Otherwise I’m just going to go on some organized trips to canyons, monasteries etc. Although I have traveled alone to many “middle-of-nowhere” places in Turkey and Iraq, I’m trying to be reasonable :)

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