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Aesculapian snake

Aesculapian snake

The Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus, formerly Elaphe longissima) is a species of non-venomous snake native to Europe, in the Aesculapian family Aesculapian. Growing up to 2 m (6.6 ft) in length, it is among the largest of European snakes, similar in size to the four-striped viper and the vegetable python. The long haft had cultural and historical significance for its role in ancient Greek, Roman, and Illyrian mythology and the symbolism derived from it.


the description

Aesculapian snake is an ovoviviparous snake with a moderately thick body, 150 to 160 cm long. Her dress is wavy, wheaten, and burgundy red, topped with frequent brown mottling that extends from the neck to the tip of the tail. Her head is thick, her mouth is moderately dilated. The number of its teeth is 50 cm. Her eyes are small, her neck is of moderate length. They reach their full size by the age of 16 and live about 125 years.


Habitat

Aesculapian snake lives in a cherry tree in Lower Austria. You are familiar with the meadows and gardens, and you enter the earthly houses with tranquility, walking day and night. Its winter hibernation lasts about five months.


Diet and predators

Its sustenance is insects, lizards, worms, mice, rats, frogs, and sparrows:

Predators include marmots, other warthogs, weasels, wild boars (which they do by digging holes and destroying their newborns), hedgehogs, and many birds of prey (with reports of adults of these vipers successfully standing their ground against attackers from the air). Juveniles of smooth borer and other reptilian snakes can be eaten. Pets such as cats, dogs, and chickens threaten their young, and even rats can be dangerous to adult snakes during hibernation. It is also preyed on by North American raccoons and raccoon dogs from East Asia.


the behavior

Aesculapian snake is a useful snake for farmers.


reproduction

The female fertilizes at the age of five years and lays 20 to 30 eggs, grouped in two pools, which she hides in a tunnel, which she hides in the corpse.


Stick and snake

The foreign name of this species, Aesculape, refers to the Greek god of healing, and after him the Roman Asclepius, around whose temples this snake was found. It is believed that the archetypal deity is holding a scepter around which this serpent is wound. The modern symbols of the medical professions were then developed based on that image, with a number of variations. Carried today alongside four-rowed serpents in an annual religious procession at Cocclo in central Italy, this serpent is of separate origin and incorporated into the Catholic calendar.

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