One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, slender olive-brown to greyish snake found in Europe and south-western Asia. In ancient times it was protected owing to its mythical link with the god of medicine, Aesculapius.
Elaphe longissima, family Colubridae
- ‘The Aesculapian snake has a uniformly brown back with a streak of darker colour behind the eyes.’
- ‘Amphibians and reptiles include newts, green and Greek frogs, turtles, four-lined rat snake and Aesculapian snakes.’
- ‘To this day the Aesculapian snake forms part of the symbols representing physicians and veterinarians.’
- ‘Since the Aesculapian snake is not closely related to that group, another available generic name had to be found for it.’
- ‘The most commonly found in the park are the Balkan whip snake, the Leopard snake and the Aesculapian snake.’
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