Thessaloniki snake rescues

On my final day in Greece I have spent the day with my Greek friend Ilias Strachinis recieving phone calls from worried members of the public to catch and relocate snakes that have ventured into urban areas. Today we had three calls, the first despite hours of trying to find a snake, it had disappeared down a pipe and was probably dead thanks to firemen and locals who had poured toxic chemicals down the pipe and probably killed the animal. Another call also ended in failure to locate a snake. However we were successful at catching and relocating a Large whip snake (Dolichophis caspius) that had wandered into someones garden and taken refuge in a small tree!

By Matt Wilson

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