Anaconda of the Great Ķemeri Bog

AnakondaSometimes it amazes how little we know about the place we live in. A great discovery for quite a few people would be the fact that even Latvia has its own constrictor – a snake that strangles its pray to death. Yes, we do have one too. Our “anaconda” is probably not that big and is not harmful to people, but still a predator. Known as the smooth snake or Coronella austriaca it is actually not limited only to the territory of Latvia but is to be found as far as Portugal in the West and Sicily and Greece in the South. However, in Latvia you can find it only in the central area around the Gulf of Riga and the Great Ķemeri Bog in particular. Its usual pray is other reptiles and sometimes even the only venomous snake in Latvia – the viper.

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