Systematic classification and distribution
Species: No. tessellated
The tessellated snake (Natrix tassellata) is widespread throughout Italy, except in the islands. It is not poisonous and it is not biting. It defends itself from predators by pretending to be dead or by spraying a foul-smelling substance from the cloaca. He lives in wetlands along waterways and shows particular swimming skills.
It can reach the length of a meter and sometimes exceed it. The color varies from gray to brown, with irregular spots. Sometimes it has greenish shades. The abdomen is lighter, tending to white.
It feeds on amphibians, fish and small mammals.
The eggs are laid in June-July preferably in piles of rotting vegetables (for example in compost), where the temperature remains around 21 ° C, ideal for incubation. After 2-3 months, already autonomous babies are born that do not require parental care.
Biscia Tessellated - Natrix tessellata (photo Peter Oefinger www.euroherp.co)
Biscia Tessellated - Natrix tessellata (photo Josef Hlasek www.hlasek.com)
curated by Ivana Stella