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Hierophis gemonensis

Hierophis gemonensis
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Copyright: Dario Maric (DarioM) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 25] (174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony ericsson K800i
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-30 5:05
Viewed: 3400
Points: 2
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Adults are usually under 100 cm, but can reach 130 cm, even longer. A slender snake with a well-defined head, smooth scales, prominent eyes with round pupils. Olive grey, grey-brown or yellowish-brown with dark spots on foreparts of body which are often divided by light streaks, often irregular. Rest of body usually has regular narrow light and dark stripes. Small white spots often present on the edges of some back (dorsal) scales. Belly is yellowish or whiteish with dark blotches that are present at least on the sides of the neck. Young are similar to the young of the Western Whip Snake.

Scale count:
usually 19 (very rarely 17) dorsal, 160-187 belly scales, 80-116 pairs of subcaudal scales.

Can be found on dry rocky places, bushy terrain, vineyards, overgrown ruins, open woods and low macchia, edges of roads... Sometimes quite common. In Croatia up to 800 m above sea level, but is most abundant near sea level.

Habits very similar to Western Whip Snake, diurnal, terrestrial, sometimes climbs in bushes. Fast and agile. Bites when handled.

Feeds on lizards and large insects (grasshoppers...), small mammals, nestling birds.

Females lay 4-10 eggs (25-40 mm x 15-20 mm).

from: http://www.zh.zadweb.biz.hr/

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To boreocypriensis: !DarioM 1 06-01 06:11
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Hi Dario, a fine capture of a young gemonensis between the spiny leafed plants from nice POV. Wonderful composition.
TFS and have a nice new week!

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