I did not yet have time to identify the species and gender, but it should not be difficult
PS: the only phobia that I reckon to have is snakes. The fact that they are hidden in the grass or stones, nd that I can step on one and get bitten makes me very nervous sometimes!
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There are not many options, only other snakes are the leopard snake (very, very distinctive markings), cat snake (again, and normally slightly smaller, plus nocturnal) and the rare algerian, distinctive markings yet again.
Snakes are easy!
Some info about the Black Whip Snake:
(from: http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/3096/snakes.html )
Coluber viridiflavus carbonarius (Bonaparte, 1833)
Black Whip Snake
Maltese: Serp iswed
Size: Up to two metres long.
Colouration: Dorsally the adult is black but juveniles are a dark green marked with grey and dark brown; ventraklly white to yellowish white. The different colouration at different ages has led some previous naturalists to think that this species was represented in the Maltese Islands by two subspecies - carbonarius and the nominative - viridiflavus.
Biology: This snake is very lively and often climbs trees in search of food. It hunts around mid-day and feeds on lizards, skinks, geckos, rats, mice, frogs, and the young and eggs of ground or tree-nesting birds. The Whip Snake lives in rock cracks and under rubble. When cornered it strikes and bites furiously. The animal hibernates during the winter months.
Records: A very widespread species recorded from Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Leopard snake is very beautiful too and does not grow so large, has boa-like brown patches, when younger the base colour is greenish, so the contrast is striking.
Algerian grows but seems to be rare, only time I saw one was at night crossing the road, tan coloured with crosswise dorsal markings.
Cat snake (T. fallax) is encountered mainly when it is unlucky enough to make an appearance indoors, this is Malta's only poisonous snake, and has slitty yellow eyes hence the "cat" part of the name. It's markings are like a chequerboard.
Whenever I see a snake I tend to go for it just to take a close look, say hello and then bye as previously posted once I forgot I was not in Malta and I nearly grabbed a viper in Sicily
I would like to be prepared in anticipaion of the consequences.
Exactly. Must have missed previous "new posts" and did not reply to MWP.robcar wrote:Unless you try to capture them or handle them you will not be bitten.
I have been bitten because I have a habit of wanting to take a closer look... or even just moving them to a safer place... generally not appreciated by the subjects
I would be a bit more wary of Telescopus fallax (Cat snake) because of their poisonous bite, and also be particularly careful of any super-sized Coluber, but the only really big one I saw (appx 5ft) was unfortunately DOA.