Green whip snake
Common name: Green whip snake
Scientific name: Hierophis viridiflavus
Nutrition: Other reptiles, bird eggs, small mammals (especially mice and rats) and amphibians.
Features: It is a diurnal and mainly terrestrial species that moves quickly (up to 11 km/h) on the ground. In case of need it is a skilful climber and swimmer. It is the most common snake in Italy. it has a black livery with yellow spots that becomes paler on the belly.
Curiosity: The italian name ‘biacco’ is said to derive from white lead (biacca), a basic lead carbonate that was used in Venetian and Dutch workshops in ancient times.