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Old 28th April 2013, 20:13   #1 (permalink)
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Snakes in Turkey

I hear that snakes have been spotted in Altinkum. Has anybody seen them? if so, what type of snakes are living in Turkey? My son would love to see a snake, the only one we have seen so far, was one run over on a road.
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Re: snakes

lot's of types off snakes in Turkey some are poisonious some not would leave well alone as you won't know what are and what are not, we had many in and around our house but then it was not an over built on area, maybe the snakes in your area have no natural habitat left, do you ever see tortoise? Jim

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Hi C L
I actually thought someone had done a very good thread with pics some years ago, however I cannot find that one, but this thread has three different pictures of local snakes in amongst it, the one slithering up the iron work over the windows would be a little bit of a shock opening the curtains one sunny morning.lol.
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Hi CL, please excuse my sarcasm, but, I met an entire family of snakes in that neck of the woods, you hopefully will avoid them.
On a lighter note, I have not seen any of the type you want to see. Good luck in your quest but please be careful, do try to find out as Jim says some could well be dangerous.
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Re: snakes

have been told they like moist grass, so occasionally come into the gardens after they have been watered. Would most snakes be harmless, do the locals run from them [usually a good sign if they are poisonous!]
do they eat tortoise?
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Re: snakes

Most are harmless but a Brit died in Altinkum not many years ago after being bitten by one. The locals dont seem to be bothered by them and plod through waste/grass land in sandals, even the children play in the olive groves unconcerned.
I would think tortoises are too large for most of them.

As for me it would be reinforced jack boots before I ventured into an olive grove.
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Have seen a few around Uslu.
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Majority of snake types nonpoisonous or semipoisonous in Turkiye only endangered species viper and cobra types can be poisonous for human but very rare to encounter with them.
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As for me it would be reinforced jack boots before I ventured into an olive grove.
Take a long stick or a walking cane and agitate the scrub in front of you. Should be enough to send most things running away.
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Re: snakes

You will very rarely see a snake here, the vibrations from your footfall is enough to send any that are out and about heading for shelter. They don't want confrontation as much as you!!! You may hear a rustling as one heads for cover but it might just as well be a lizard, so don't worry.

Just don't go lifting up any rocks etc as you might disturb one.
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