Reptiles of Crete


Balkan whip snake - coluber gemonensis

Fact File

Length: Up to 100cm
Colour: Olive-grey with dark spots. Tail has regular dark/light stripes
Range: East Adriatic, Croatia, Albania, Greece, including Crete
Food: Lizards, mice, grasshoppers and birds.

Similar in its habits to the leopard snake, the Balkan whip snake (coluber gemonensis) is found in dry, stony places as well as in more marshy areas.

It can bite very fiercely in defence - although many seem to accept an inspection by humans quite placidly!

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