Summer trip to Corfu with two rare snake finds!
Well perhaps not rare, more like poorly recorded or locally common I would say…As expected it was very hot, but for a couple of hours in the evening we did some searches and had a few interesting results. Firstly, we found a Worm snake (Typhlops vermicularis) under a perfect, flat stone in a shady olive grove, as far as I know the first time the burrowing snake has been found in the summer. It usually retreats deeper under ground when the summer approaches as the ground at the surface is no longer as moist as it was in the winter and the spring. Another nice find was the Dice snake (Natrix tessellata), which was seen hunting in a great river habitat, only the second time I have seen this snake on Corfu where it is only found locally at some small sites in central Corfu. The Grass snake (Natrix natrix persa) is the far more common water snake relative which can be found all over the island. More photos will be posted later, everytime I visit Corfu new surprises always turn up, one reason why after eight visits to the island I will still be back for more!