• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Crete
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Scaled Reptiles

Photo of the Balkan Whip Snake, Hierophis gemonensis, a non-venomous snake with total length up to 100cm. It occurs in varied habitats at altitudes from the sea level up to 1400m. Diurnal, fast and very active snake. It hunts usually on the ground but it also climbs on bushes and small trees. Feeds on small rodents, reptiles, small birds and big invertebrates. It breeds in spring and females give birth to 3-10 eggs. It may bite if caught. Harmless snake.