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Reptiles and Amphibians. all that slithers, hops and croaks. => Reptiles and amphibians => Topic started by: Maria on August 09, 2017, 10:52 AM

Title: Snake ID please - SOLVED - Smooth snake Coronella austriaca
Post by: Maria on August 09, 2017, 10:52 AM
This snake was seen just a few days ago south east of the Peñón del Puerto on the north east Sierra Nevada in a barranco at a height of approx 2500m. Not great pictures but maybe enough to get an ID.
In some of the pictures it looks like a Ladder snake but in some it does not. I am wondering if it is a young Ladder snake that is loosing it's "ladder" markings. If it is a Ladder snake, it is way out of the height range of range the books says they go to. You will need to zoom in on the pictures if you can.

Anyway would be interested to see what you think.

Title: Re: Snake ID please
Post by: Maria on August 09, 2017, 10:52 AM
And one more pic
Title: Re: Snake ID please
Post by: Juan-P on August 09, 2017, 23:17 PM
Was it near water? It could be natrix maura, viperine snake but I'm far from certain.
Title: Re: Snake ID please
Post by: Maria on August 10, 2017, 08:32 AM
It was near water, it came down for a drink.
I also posted it somewhere else and it has been identified as a Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca).  :)
Title: Re: Snake ID please - SOLVED - Smooth snake Coronella austriaca
Post by: Juan-P on August 10, 2017, 16:07 PM
Well done. I've never seen one in Spain, although I was in Almeria.
Title: Re: Snake ID please - SOLVED - Smooth snake Coronella austriaca
Post by: Maria on August 10, 2017, 17:35 PM
Thank you Juan-P although I didn't see it, it was a friend who took the pictures. She was in a place not visited much by humans in the Sierra Nevada. So I too have not managed to see one either  >:(  I just might have to go there now though  :)