Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Another cold-blooded encounter







This beautiful reptile, from the Qbajjar area in Western Gozo, is a juvenile specimen of the Western Whip Snake, Hierophis viridiflavus (Lacépède, 1789). It shows a different colour than sexually mature adults, which are of an intense black colour (P. J. Schembri, pers. comm. III.2010).

3 comments:

  1. Very pretty snake. Are they endemic to Malta?

    Nuimul

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  2. No endemic snakes in Malta, this one is native to the north Mediterranean/ south continental Europe.

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