• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Epirus, Arta, Tzoumerka mt
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    January 2004
Scaled Reptiles

Photo of the non-venomous harmless Aesculapian Snake, Zamenis longissimus. Overall length up to 2m. In some areas it occurs up to 2000m altitude. Diurnal snake that often climbs on bushes and trees with skill. It feeds mainly on rodents, but also on small birds and lizards. It may bite if caught. The Asclepius Snake is associated with Asclepius, the ancient god of medicine. The symbol of Asclepius rod wrapped by a snake is being used even nowadays as the symbol of medicine.