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#1 Birgit

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 10:24 AM

Hello everyone!

Just returned from Crete (wonderful holiday!) I have a question I hope some of you might be able to answer.

For the first time ever I saw a snake in Crete. It suddenly "hang" on a my "neighbour's" clothes rack. After having photografed it - with a bit of shaking hands as you see - it quickly disappeared again over in the big flower tree and continued upwards and was never seen again. As you can see the snake is small and very thin - maybe a "baby-snake"?

Anyone here know what kind of snake this is? I know it isn't the best picture in the world, but maybe someone out there will be able to edit a bit more in the picture and make the snake more visible?

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#2 Dinny

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 10:41 AM

Hi Birgit,

You asked me to delete the previous post, but I wasn't really successfull since I only managed to delete the replies and not the post itself! :rolleyes:

Anyway, Tinks offered a website with explanations about snakes....

http://www.cretegazette.com/archive/2005-11-snakes.php

P.S. OK, finally managed to cancel the previous... hard life as a moderator! B)

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 11:37 AM

Lovely pets !!!!

(http://www.cretegaze...5-11-snakes.php)

:rolleyes:
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 01:42 PM

Sis
I would have thought you might have got a bit closer!!!!
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 05:44 PM

Hello Bro!

Maybe the snake ran away when it saw me, what do I know? I hate to think what might have happened if my beloved Bro had been in the neighbourhood .... :rolleyes:

Are there really no one out there who can tell me more about "my" snake?

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 06:33 PM

Hi Birgit,my wife almost stood on one of these while wading in the sea at Istron in May!
We then watched as it swam ashore and disapeared into the rocks.
Apparently,they are land dwellers,but fish in the sea.I think it was only there as the beach was deserted,as they are very timid.
From our enquiries,it is a "Dice snake"and harmless.

http://www.dierinbee...nake/index.html

Think this should give you some answers!

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 08:47 PM

Hi Birgit,

A pity your pic isn't a bit more explicit. If the background had been more blurred the snake would have probably been sharper B)

Wim :rolleyes:
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 08:51 PM

....don't listen to them Birgit!! It is a baby Anaconda, you now one of those massive hugh snakes that swallows you in one piece or crushes you to little bits, I'm not sure which!:) Just as well it was a baby B) It must have escaped from a private collection :rolleyes: :D
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 10:19 PM

Wim, I wasn't trying to photograph the snake, but the Cretan soil. The snake just came in the way B)

Dave, while still in Crete the owners of the hotel and I tended very much to the Anaconda-theory. We even had plans about finding it again, feeding it all winter and then invite Wim, Tim, you and others from this forum to a big dinner next summer - telling you later what you ate .... But now these plans are all over the web and I guess we can forget all about that. :rolleyes:

Steve, now home in Denmark I am also convinced that (if not an Anaconda ...) it is some kind of very harmless snake probably from the sea as you say, as I have never heard of any very poisoning snakes in Crete.

Just wanted to show you what can be found above the soil.

Birgit

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 02:35 PM

hello Birgit. apparently there seem to be no poisonous snakes in Crete. for certain that's a relief. :D

I found this link of Aquaworld showing some pictures of reptiles that can be 'found' in Crete. :rolleyes: may you recognize one of the snakes as a fellow of 'your baby snake'. B)

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 06:55 PM

You may be, pleased or not to, know that there are poisonous snakes in Crete :rolleyes: B) :D :)

At least 1 to my knowledge....

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 10:57 AM

Gosh ! :rolleyes: :) B)

got the wrong info then hey. sure don't want to meet it :D
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Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:55 AM

Whilst on the subject of animals.; You should ask Retired in Crete about badgers B)

I have been reading a thread on another forum about them and was supprised to learn there is a sub spieces of badger that can only be found on Crete. Seems this one likes RIC's catus plant, or the catus plant is in his way as he digs it up every night :D