We've had another visitor in our class this year. One of my students found and brought a horse shoe whip snake to the class. This snake is very common in the area. It's scientific name is Hemorrhois hippocrepis. We looked after it for about 2 months and after this time we decided to set it free. It was interesting to see the snakes external anatomy, its scales, the pattern on its skin, its wide head, its big black eyes. We were also able to observe its behaviour. It's a fast moving snake, able to raise its body easily.
Here is some more detailed information about the horse shoe whip snake taken from Wikipedia.
- Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume I. London. pp. 409-410.
- Arnold, E.N. & J.A. Burton. 1978. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe. Collins. London. pp. 191-194.