Skillelinie

Coluber caspius

 

Coluber caspius, normal form Kerkyra (Corfu)
Coluber caspius is foud in the Balkan area and is replaced to the East by Coluber jugularis. It is one of the largest snakes of Europe and has a max. length of about 250 cm. They are normally somewhat smaller and normal size is 140 - 160 cm. This snake is found in many different habitats but prefers southern rocky slopes, ruins, stone fences often near buildings. They are day active and has many different food items on their diet. They prefers reptiles like other snakes or lizards, but larger animals also prey on birds and rodents. Every time I have found animals with a full stomach, the prey always were other snakes. Juveniles prey nearly exclusively on lizards.
 
Coluber caspius baby
 
On Kerkyra (Korfu) there is a color variation among the normal ones. They are not so different as adults, but have black spots on their back and uniform black eyes. The juveniles on the other hand are very different. Normal juveniles are light brown and a cream belly, but the variation are cream white or grayish with black bands or spots on the back and the belly is nearly totallt black. This snake is protected under the Bern-Konvention.
 
Coluber caspius baby, Corfu variation
 
This snake has newer been a popular animal inside our hobby. They are very active and easy to keep, but their temperament is too much for most keepers. They are very hard to calm down and tame is not a word that can be associated with this animal. They are not poisonous, but their bite is not a pleasent experience. Besides this nasty habit, they are very intelligente and curious animals. They need a large terrarium with lots of hiding places. They hardly or newer drink or bade, but a waterbowl is still necessary. They prefer a hot and dry inviroment, and room temperature should be kept at about 27*C during the day and cooler at night. Heating spots are often preferred especially after feeding. This snake is very canibalistic and should only be kept alone or together with other caspius in the same size. Other species of snakes even larger ones are considered food items.
 
Habitate for Caspius, Gemonensis and Najadum, Corfu
 
They are feed on a diet of rodents like mice or small rats. Juveniles hardly newer eats anything but lizards. They are hibernated for 3-4 months at 10 - 14 *C and matings takes place in the early spring. 45-50 days after copulation the female lays her eggs that hatches after 50 -55 days at 28 - 29*C