| Hemorrhois algirus Jan. (1863)|
Main synonym = Zamenis florulentus Haiman, 1882
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Chordata / Reptilia / Squamata / Colubridae |
| Algerian Whip Snake Serp l-aħdar|
| Further Information: |
This snake is native to North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Egypt) and the presence in Malta is strongly believed to be introduced many years ago and become naturalised. Malta is the only European station for this species.
It is found in sub-urban areas close to buildings, especially ruins, bastions, open parks and large gardens. It is often seen at the Grand harbour in Valletta where it is tgought that the main population exists. It preys on other small lizards namely the Maltese Wall Lizard and Gecko, but also on mice.
It is easily identified from other snakes in Malta in being beige (with a hit of green) with contrasting black, transversal, short, black bars along its length. It is mildly poisonous to man, leaving only a local effect around the bitten area or close lymph nodes. The toxin is however effective on the much smaller prey described above. It\'s toxicity may be serious to pets such as cats or small dogs.
Two subspecies have been further described: Hemorrhois algirus algirus (JAN 1863) and Hemorrhois algirus intermedius WERNER 1929.
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