Sahlean T.C.,University of Bucharest |
Sahlean T.C.,Moldavica Herpetological Group |
Strugariu A.,Moldavica Herpetological Group |
Strugariu A.,Al. I. Cuza University |
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Turkish Journal of Zoology
The blotched snake (Elaphe sauromates) is one of the most elusive species of snakes in Romania, and only a small number of individuals have ever been found, which is why morphological data are both scarce and over half a century old. The data gathered from the individuals captured during our field work confirmed the presence of sexual dimorphism (significant for SVL/TL ratios) and presented a greater morphological variation than recorded in the scientific literature. Individuals examined usually had more than 2 rows of temporal scales and displayed variation in subocular scales, as opposed to the information previously available, hinting at a possible environmental influence on meristic characteristics. © TÜBİTAK. Source