Coronella austriaca – smooth snake

After photographs of the Common Adder (vipera berus) we have now documented another snake in the Urseetal: The Smooth snake. This snake preferes sunlit habitats we actually find on the northern part of the Urseetal after the devasting “Lothar” storm in 1999. The snake’s presence might force the Fürstenberg’s Forest administration to reconsider the replanting of common spruce in that part of the Urseetal since the Smooth snake is considered endangered and has found entry into the FFH list of the European Union as especially protected.

At 860 m above sea level the finding would normally be fairly high, but in the Black Forest these snakes live up to 1100 m above sea level.

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Smooth Snake – Coronelle austriaca – 2012-07-24 Urseetal

Update

At the 9.August 2012 additional pictures were taken (the aminaml shown here is about 35 t0 40 cm long:

Coronella austriaca - 20120809
Coronella austriaca – 20120809
Smooth snake - Coronella austriaca - 20120809 - Ch. Kleine (enlarge by clicking on the image)
Smooth snake – Coronella austriaca – 20120809 – Ch. Kleine (enlarge by clicking on the image)

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