Definition of Aesculapian snake in English:

Aesculapian snake

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  • A long, slender olive-brown to greyish snake found in Europe and SW Asia. In ancient times it was protected owing to its mythical link with the god of medicine, Aesculapius.
    • Elaphe longissima, family Colubridae
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    • To this day the Aesculapian snake forms part of the symbols representing physicians and veterinarians.
    • The Aesculapian snake has a uniformly brown back with a streak of darker colour behind the eyes.
    • Since the Aesculapian snake is not closely related to that group, another available generic name had to be found for it.

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