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Why did the snake cross the road?

May 24, 2013

Δενδρογαλιά - Hierophis gemonensis

Beautiful Dendrogalia

I was driving down the road when I saw a little snake cross the road. I stepped gently on the break and let her continue her journey. It was a “dendrogalia”, which could be translated as “treecat”. Its official name is Hierophis gemonensis and it is completely harmless. The elders say it brings good luck and you should never kill it. I stopped to photograph her but she had long disappeared, of course. Here’s a photo of a beautiful specimen I got from the BeeFotoBlog. And then I saw the field the snake had come out of and I realised why she had crossed the street. Of course,…. to get to the other side!

Field sprayed with poison

Field sprayed with poison

The field was full of completely dry grass, which means that it had sprayed with some pesticide. That’s the easy way to get rid of wild grass. But it’s certainly not the best, as all those poisons get into the ground, the water, the trees and the olive oil… If instead of spraying you cut the grass and let it rot on the spot, it’s transformed into fertilizer for the olive trees which grow better, and certainly cleaner! It’s a pity to see that people still use poison on their land, not realising that this poison will finally end up in their own plate….

Anyway, the little dendrogalia moved to a better place and I am sure she will avoid such poisoned places in the future!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2013 7:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and bringing awareness in caring for mother nature, our animals and each other!

  2. May 28, 2013 6:07 pm

    Nice story man!! We have both a dahl’s whip snake (known as saitia locally) and a nosehorned viper (ochia) in our garden…the first is harmless, the second not, but we keep out of each others way…

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