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Horseshoe Whip Snake

Observed: 3rd April 2012 By: jp8694
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Found this gorgeous little snake under a log in an olive plantation in the Sierra Norte mountains when we were on a scorpion hunt. Very shy and fast moving, very vibrant colours, and in the second photo you can see the horseshoe shape on it's head that gives it it's name. I guess it was around 1ft long.

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Correct Id - new name

It definitely is a horseshoe whip snake, however the scientific name is now Hemorrhois hippocrepis. The old genus of Coluber has been divided into several different ones to reflect evolutionary origins of the different species.