Aesculapian Snake, Zamenis longissimus

Overview

Short description of Zamenis longissimus, Aesculapian Snake

Large, agile snake up to 1.75 m long (mostly shorter). Dark greyish or brownish above and yellowish below. Young animals are marked with spots and often have yellowish markings around the head, so may be confused with young grass snakes.

Description of Zamenis longissimus, Aesculapian Snake status in GB

There are two self-sustaining populations of the Aesculapian snake known in GB: vicinity of Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, N Wales and vicinity of London Zoo, central London.

Habitat summary: Zamenis longissimus, Aesculapian Snake

A variety of sheltered but warm, sunny habitats; climbs well and often seen in bushes or trees.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Gruziya, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Colwyn Bay (50)
Date of first record: 1970

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John W. Wilkinson, Jim Foster

Last updated:

October 4th 2019

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