Snakes of Croatia

Although there are sixteen species of snakes in Croatia, along the Adriatic coast you want find all species. Unfortunately these lovely creatures have bad reputaion and often because of fear are classified as venomous and that’s how people treating them. The most common types that you can meet walking along the coast is the hieropsis gemonensissnakes croatia non venomus (32) snakes croatia non venomus (33) snakes croatia non venomus (47)

kissing? 🙂 i found them stuck like this

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Telescopus falax, Zamenis situlasnakes croatia non venomus (2) snakes croatia non venomus (21) snakes croatia non venomus (22) snakes croatia non venomus (23) snakes croatia non venomus (24) snakes croatia non venomus (25) snakes croatia non venomus (26) snakes croatia non venomus (27)

Malpolon insignitus snakes croatia non venomus (34) snakes croatia non venomus (35) snakes croatia non venomus (57)

elaphe quatuorlineatasnakes croatia non venomus (7) snakes croatia non venomus (30)

Zamenis longissimus…

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platyceps najadumsnakes croatia non venomus (9) snakes croatia non venomus (10) snakes croatia non venomus (11)

around swamps you can find natrix natrixsnakes croatia non venomus (37)

this one come in my garden pond

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and natrix tessellatasnakes croatia non venomus (39) snakes croatia non venomus (51) snakes croatia non venomus (52)

my kid adore them

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and on some islands hierophis viridiflavus carbonariussnakes croatia non venomus (1) snakes croatia non venomus (12) snakes croatia non venomus (14)

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The only venomous snake that lives along the coast is nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and because of it all snakes have bad reputation.vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (11) vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (10) vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (9) vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (5) vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (4) vipera ammodytes viper venomous snake (2)

It’s actually quite rare to find  the horned viper, I often looking for them to photograph it but often without success. Snakes are lovely and at the end very useful creatures that live their lives and do not pay attention to people unless they enter in human habitat what often end up fatally for snakes. Rustling through the grass is most likely from lizard pseudops apodus – harmless snakelike lizardsnakes croatia non venomus (28) snakes croatia non venomus (36) snakes croatia non venomus (49)

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or from this beauty lizard- Lacerta viridis and not from snakes.

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If you meet any of these beauties in nature is enough to stay calm, they will continue to move without fear and you will be able to enjoy their presence. Please note that all snakes in Croatia are protected. They have some natural enemies here like this eagle ( circaetus gallicus )snakes croatia non venomus (8)

or maybe some marten

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and somewhere introduced mongooseP1400218

If you encounter one and do not recognize it more detailed information about snakes in Croatia you can find here.

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