Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione?

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Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione?

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:47 am

Guys, I need help! I’m confused with this snake. Is it Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione? I found it yesterday (24.9.2017) in the Province of Saratov, Russian Federation

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Re: Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione?

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:09 am

If I should find such a baby in the province of Pavia, where C.austriaca lives, I would think: "What the hell have I found?" :lol:
So: it's a baby dione! Why are you in doubt? ;)
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Re: Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione?

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:46 am

Ruggero Morimando wrote:If I should find such a baby in the province of Pavia, where C.austriaca lives, I would think: "What the hell have I found?" :lol:
So: it's a baby dione! Why are you in doubt? ;)


I’ve never seen both species in the wild...I’m after them for the last 2 years :) Both species are mentioned for this spot. As I can see, they have similar upperside color patterns and spots

Thanks for ID!! :)
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Re: Coronella austriaca or Elaphe dione?

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:13 pm

Nice find! Would love to visit you one day to see this species, Vipera renardi and Pelobates vespertinus ;)
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