Definition of Aesculapian snake in English:

Aesculapian snake


  • 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.’