Definition of Aesculapian snake in US English:

Aesculapian snake


  • A long, slender olive-brown to grayish snake found in Europe and southwestern 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amphibians and reptiles include newts, green and Greek frogs, turtles, four-lined rat snake and Aesculapian snakes.’