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Balearic Islands


So far, we know it is a small island in the Balearic Islands group, about 50 x 17 kilometers is size.
And - there are snakes on the island!
What we have always appreciated on our many trips to the Canarian Islands, is that there were no snakes down there.

According to Wikipedia: Four species of snake occur:
the Viperine Snake; Grass Snake; False Smooth Snake and the Ladder Snake.

To me that is 4 too many. But let's see what kind of snakes they are:

The Viperine Snake, Natrix maura

The viperine snake is found in rivers and lakes in south western Europe and it also lives in north western Africa.
This nis a non-venomous, semi-aquatic, fish-eating snake.
It is known to strike like an adder but not bite

Venomous snakes are snakes which have venomous glands and specialized teeth for the injection of venom.
I don't like that, so I am glad this one is non-venomous.

The Grass-snake, Natrix natrix

The Grass Snake, Natrix natrix, sometimes called the Ringed Snake or Water Snake is a European nonvenomous snake.
It is often found near water and feeds almost exclusively on amphibians.
Good to know I am not an amphibian.....

The False Smooth Snake, Macroprotodon brevis

Photo © Benny Trapp
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The False Smooth Snake, Macroprotodon brevis, is a species of snake in the Colubridae family. It is found in Algeria,
Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Western Sahara.
Its natural habitats are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, and rocky areas.
It is threatened by habitat loss.

Sounds not good. A false snake.... Is that one the one we should avoid?
I knew it - have been looking around on the Internet, and see what I found:

It is Venomous!

And so is a lot of other creatures in Spain, according to RURAL SPAIN.INFO

The Ladder Snake, Rhinechis scalaris
Spanish: Culebra de escalera, Basque: Escailera-suge, Catalan: Serp blanca, Portuguese: Cobra-de-escada

The Ladder Snake, Rhinechis scalaris, is a species of snake in the Colubridae family.
It is found in Peninsular Spain and Minorca, Portugal, southern France and possibly the Region of Liguria, Italy and England.
Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, arable land,
pastureland, plantations , and rural gardens. It is threatened by habitat loss.
They range in adult size from 100 cm up to 160 cm long, and usually eat eggs, insects, little mammals such as mice, etc.

It is Non-Venomous, so may be we should not be too afraid if we meet one?
However, the size only should be enough to have me running......

So far for the snakes. Now lets look at what else we may find when we get down there.
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