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Rescue brings memories of my first!

When I was a very young boy, the first snake I ever kept was a grass snake, Natrix natrix. It wasn’t as common for people to keep reptiles then as it is today, so when it was ‘bring your pet to school day’ my teacher and the other children were pretty shocked to see my snake instead of the regular bunny or hamster. For me, that snake wasn’t really a ‘pet’, but something that totally enthralled me. Since, I have always had a special affinity for grass snakes. They are quite a widespread species and can be found living all over Europe. There are actually several different subspecies, and the one found in Corfu is very similar to the nominate form we have in Britain. However, the one from Corfu also has pale yellow lines running along the body. Its a lovely snake. Anyway, after coming across one in need of help, Matt and I rescued it from a deep well where it must have been for ages and had no chance of escape. Here it is just before I released it nearby:


5 Responses

  1. I was quite a tom-boy as a child. When we would go snake hunting, the boys always dared me to be the one to catch the snakes. Of course I had to prove I was as “manly” as they were. I realized as I got older that they were to scared to catch them for themselves. I guess I was somewhat slow that way.

  2. Thats cool Emma, in honor of your bravery I will make a video featuring another species of Corfu snake especially for you tomorrow! 🙂

  3. Really super collection of posts in this travel blog – Thanks! Hope more greeks discover their amazing snakes.
    I was just out rock climbing in the desert this weekend and found a rosy boa (Charina trivirgata) which has become increasingly rare. This snake was my “first pet” and likewise have a special fondness for it.

    • Hi Tandora! Good to hear from you! )) who you calling a geek!?)) Pleased you are enjoying following the blog so much. Cool to hear of your find too! Thank you!

      • Oops, haha! I see now my sentence was semantically ambiguous. You’re right though, “geek” would substitute well instead, as in “herp geek”. 🙂

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