Friday, 3 September 2010

Aesculapian Snake

Aesculapian Snake Elaphe longissima
While out walking near Avène today I found this snake sunbathing on the path. Unlike most snakes, it didn't immediately move off giving me a chance to take a few photos. I was delighted that one of the photos caught the snake with its tongue out! This non-poisonous snake is a new species for me. 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 and it appears on the medical symbol, the Rod of Aesclepius.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10, flash)

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