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  • Spooky's mom sent us a link to an adorable photo she'd taken of a four-foot-long Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor) she'd had to relocate from the strawberry patch.

    "This is the lowest we will ever get. It never gets darker."

  • The reptile diversity is relatively high in and around this ecoregion, including the rare Coluber algirus.

    Saharan halophytics

  • Notable reptiles include the chalcid skink (Chalcides ocellatus), gray monitor (Varanus griseus), snakes (Oligodon taeniolatus, Lycodon striatus, Coluber spinalis), and the Central Asian cobra (Naja oxiana).

    Alai-Western Tian Shan steppe

  • Among non-venomous snakes are water snake (Natrix natrix), rat snakes (Coluber), blind wormsnake (Typhlops vermicularis).

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands

  • One strictly endemic species is found in the ecoregion, the Algerian whip snake (Coluber algirus).

    Atlantic coastal desert

  • Lake Erie water snake (Nerodia sipedon insularum) blue racer snake (Coluber constrictor foxii) leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)


  • Mediterranean tortoise (Testudo graeca), Lebetine viper (Vipera lebetina), Western boa (Eryx jaculus), and Dahl's Whip Snake (Coluber najadum) inhabit the region.

    Azerbaijan shrub desert and steppe

  • Along the Atrek river down to its delta, one finds the Central Asian otter (Lutra lutra), jungle cat (Felis chaus), wild boar (Sus scrofa), turtles (Emys orbicularis, Mauremys caspica), and Coluber schmidti.

    Caspian lowland desert

  • The ecoregion has a large number of reptile species, four strictly endemic species; Afrogecko ansorgii, Coluber zebrina, Ruben's sand lizard (Pedioplanis rubens), and the skaapsteker (Psammophylax ocellatus) a solid-bodied, venemous snake that reaches up to 1 m in length.

    Angolan Mopane woodlands

  • The first appearance of the snake in literature is in Egyptian hieroglyphs, where he forms the letters f and t, and acts as a determinative in the shape of a Cobra di Capello (Coluber Naja) with expanded hood.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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