Yellow-bellied snake – scary but not dangerous

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This snake belongs to the family of snakes and can therefore not be toxic. Yellow-bellied snake has a name saltopus or zheltobriukh. In Europe no larger snakes, it may reach a length of two meters and a half. Zheltobriukh very quickly creeps, have a sleek body and relatively long tail. The upper part of the body is painted in a solid color: olive, brown, or almost black. On the back of young individuals is one, and often two rows of spots yellow-bellied snakeA dark color, sometimes they merge to form transverse bands. On head dark spots, and blend in a regular geometric pattern. A number of small spots is placed and on the sides of the snake. Belly she has a grayish-white color with yellow splotches located along the edges of the ventral scutes.

Habitats

To Settle yellow-bellied snake prefers dry places, basking in the daytime in open sunlight areas. Activity manifests only in the daytime. Can hide in bushes, gardens, vineyards, and ruins of buildings. In the mountains occurs up to the altitude of 2000 meters, where it hides among rocks on rocky slopes. Zheltobriukh not only hiding among the rocks and thickets of shrubs, and in burrows of rodents or hollow trees. He is well able to climb the branches, but at high altitude not taken. Though generally not afraid of heights and, if necessary, can jump down from a tree or cliff. Snake yellow-belliedA Snake is often found on the banks of ponds, not because he loves to swim, and in connection with the presence of large amounts of food in coastal thickets. Sometimes Poloz zheltobriukh under the stack wall or in economic construction.

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Hunter and his prey

Having a keen eyesight, quick reflexes and high speed of movement, the snake is a lucky hunter. The prey of the snake is more likely to be small mammals, lizards and large insects such as locusts or her relatives. Ruining the snake nests on the ground or low in trees and shrubs. Yellow-bellied snake menu is quite varied, it includes lizards, snakes, birds, rodents.

Snake zheltobriukhHe even Hunts for snakes, sometimes getting bites, but, apparently, especially not suffer from this. Given the intensity of hunting of jelouse, it can be argued that, where he lives, no rodents, no poisonous snakes is not in sight.

Protective aggression

Usually, when faced with a person, yellow-bellied snake is trying to quickly retreat. But after some time he will return to the initial place, especially if there is a shelter. If nowhere to retreat or man close to his hiding place, he boldly rises to his defense. However, he not only shows his aggression, but jumps at the enemy. Wide gaping mouth, a loud hiss and a bold attack impress. The snake can bite for some vulnerable spot. Bites are rather strong, but they are not poisonous. Snake yellow-bellied, in fact, harmless creature, his aggressiveness forced, and the evil disposition serves to protect us from encroaching on his territory.

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