Video: Kevin Byrnes catching Horseshoe whip snake

Here is a short clip of my friend Kevin Byrnes catching a beautiful male Horseshoe whip snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis) in Murcia province, S-E Spain. This snake is probably the most abundant snake species in this dry, arid area of Spain, and male specimens like the one in the video are characterized by their very dark colour and weak markings. Seeing this video brings back memories of finding these snakes myself quite regularly in south Spain, even on some occasions inside towns and villages. In August of this year Kevin and I will be visiting Majorca to search for the rare Majorcan midwife toad. Thanks for sharing the video Kev! 🙂

Here are a few of my photos from Spain of this snake to show how variable they can be, a truely beautiful snake from the Iberian peninsula and north Africa:

Female Horseshoe whip snake from near Sevilla, Spain

Male Horseshoe whip snake from Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Male Horseshoe whip snake from Murcia, Spain

Female Horseshoe whip snake from Murcia, Spain

By Matt Wilson

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