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Copyright: Ilias Strachinis (strahos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 12 N: 109] (807)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-12
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, B + W 58 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-22 8:26
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Ilias Strachinis © 2009 Herpetofauna Of Greece

Zamenis longissimus (Laurenti, 1768)
Common name: Aesculapian Snake

Synonyms: Elaphe longissima


Information taken from WikiPedia:

Aesculapian Snake (Elaphe longissima or Zamenis longissimus) is a snake native to Europe.

It is a large slender non-venomous snake, which is an excellent tree-climber. When young, it feeds on lizards, as an adult its diet consists of rodents, moles, and shrews, young birds and eggs which it kills by constriction, or suffocation by eating its victim head first. Female lay clutches of 5-8 eggs in June/July.

A self-sustaining colony of Aesculapian Snakes (sometimes referred to as the rat snake) established itself in North Wales during the 1970s. Although this snake is an alien species to the United Kingdom, it is considered harmless and poses no threat. There is a small colony within the Welsh Mountain Zoo and are also found in the nearby gardens.

This species is also associated with Greek Mythology and Medical History. It is said that the staff of Aesculapius has Elaphe longissima coiled around it. This is not to be confused with the staff of Hermes (the winged staff with two snakes). This species is also found in some places of Austria and Germany where Roman temples of healing were established. There have been a couple color morphs discovered with this species: Amelanism (albino), and Melanism.

It appears on the medical symbol, the Rod of Asclepius.

It is common in the Loire Valley region of France, as well as in the Bieszczady Mountains and Beskidy Mountains in Poland. However, facing extinction.


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Information taken from Herpetofauna Of Greece:

Distribution in Greece:
Sporadic populations at mainland, Peloponnese, Corfu and Paxi.

Protected by
-Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992
-Presidential Decree no67, 23/A/30-1-81, Table ‘B
-Bern Convention

Κοινή Ονομασία: Λαφίτης του Ασκληπιού

Συνώνυμα: Elaphe longissima

Εξάπλωση στην Ελλάδα:
Μεμονωμένοι πληθυσμοί σε ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα, Πελοπόννησο, Κέρκυρα και Παξούς.

Γενικές Πληροφορίες:
Μη δηλητηριώδες. Στην Ελλάδα απαντά το φερώνυμο υποείδος Zamenis longissimus longissimus (Laurenti, 1768). Ολικό μήκος έως και 200cm, συνήθως όμως μικρότερο του 1.5 μέτρου. Απαντά μέχρι και τα 2000m υψόμετρο σε ορισμένες περιοχές. Ημερόβιο φίδι που συχνά σκαρφαλώνει σε θάμνους και δέντρα με επιδεξιότητα. Τρέφεται κυρίως με τρωκτικά, αλλά και με νεοσσούς και σαύρες. Ζευγαρώνει αργά την άνοιξη και τα θηλυκά γεννούν 2-18 αυγά που εκκολάπτονται μετά από 2 περίπου μήνες. Πιθανόν να δαγκώσει αν πιαστεί. Ακίνδυνο φίδι.
Ο Λαφιάτης (ή Λαφίτης) του Ασκληπιού έχει συνδεθεί με τον Ασκληπιό, τον αρχαίο θεό της ιατρικής που απεικονίζεται με μία ράβδο τυλιγμένη από ένα φίδι. Το σύμβολο αυτό χρησιμοποιείται μέχρι και σήμερα ως σύμβολο της ιατρικής.

Άλλες ονομασίες:
Γιατρόφιδο, Πρασινολαφιάτης.

Προστατεύεται από:
-την Κοινοτική Οδηγία 92/43/ΕΟΚ Συμβουλίου 21ης Μαΐου 1992
-το Προεδρικό Διάταγμα υπ’αρ.67, ΦΕΚ 23/Α/30-1-81, Πίνακας ΄Β
-την Σύμβαση της Βέρνης

Πληροφορίες και φωτογραφίες: Ελληνική Ερπετοπανίδα - herpetofauna.gr

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-22 8:41]

Hello Ilias,
Fantastic photo of this snake in great clarity and a very good sharp focus on the head. Beautiful colours, also in matching plain BG. Good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-22 8:56]
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Hello Ilias,
Excellent shot of an Aesculapian Snake, which is also found in North Turkey and a isolated population in North Iran. Nice natural colours and POV. Turkish population is more grayish than yellowish.
TFS and R's,

Hello Ilias, amazing dynamic shot of this beauty with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hi Ilias,
A photo full of good technique. Congratulations! OOF excellent and very well managed primary focus. Interestingly depth effect achieved. **Good note (bilingual) atacched, Thaks!

Geia sou Ilia,
Fantastic capture! Very dynamic shot. Excellent sharpness and POV. The colors and the blurred background are very harmonious. Se xairetw,

hello Ilias
this is a super sharpness picture Great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-22 11:39]

Hello Ilias
Excellent portrait of this not too common species for my country.

Hello Ilias,
Exceptional capture with superb sharpness and clarity. Lovely colours and very good details. The blurred background is wonderful.

Hello Ilias,

A great shot. Details, light balance, brightness of colors, perspective, timing ... all excellent. If there are other shots of this beautiful life and you share them happy olrum neighbors. Thanks again for sharing.

Kind regards and greetings,

Well captured, good angle, nice color scheme, well done.

TFS, Anders

Hi Ilias

Great shoot of this snake with his tongue out. good composition and POV.


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2010-01-27 16:25]

Hello Ilians,
I see you're a snake or reptile lover. I am born in the year of the Snake. Iím still a little scare but not too bad, I will touch one if itís dead :)
I have to say this photo make me want to touch it, itís so shiny and brilliant, the color is fantastic, rich in golden green tone, very natural and beautiful. Great composition, good POV and that tongue, Aaah! It fascinates and scares me at the same time. Great job!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-28 3:47]

Hello Ilias,
A very fine snake-picture, well composed and presented with good sharpness. I like the way you focussed on the head and the eye, the rest of the body fading slowly in the background. Very subtle colors for the background too. Beautiful Aesculapian Snake picture. Bravo!
Kind regards

again another wonderful snake shot
great color, light, details and bokeh.
we have the Elaphe longissima also in Italy, I found one death on a road past july :/

Άριστη και ταχυδρόμηση πρώτης θέσης αυτής της ομορφιάς ο αγαπητός φίλος μου Ilias.
Εντυπωσιάζομαι έτσι από τη σύνθεσή σας που έχει το φίδι κάμπτοντας με έναν παρακαλώντας τρόπο. Η εστίαση είναι αιχμηρή και οι λεπτομέρειες των κλιμάκων, τέλειες. Η προεξοχή, αισθαμένος γλώσσα, προσθέτει πολλής στη γενική επίδραση. Ευχαριστίες για να μοιραστεί αυτήν την εντυπωσιακή ομορφιά και επίσης για τη σύνδεση με την εικόνα μου επίσης.

Ps. Hope this translation is good:)

Hi Ilias. Do you ever visit Cyprus? We have fantastic snakes here too.

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