Species group: European Whip Snakes
Other common names: Western Whip Snake
Scientific name: Hierophis viridiflavus
The Green Whip Snake is native to dry, open, well vegetated habitats in much of Europe, including many Mediterranean islands. In the wild, Hierophis snakes feed on small mammals, birds, other reptiles and their eggs, and insects.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), "It is locally threatened by high accidental mortality on roads, especially close to urban or tourist areas, but this is not considered to be a major threat to the species overall. It is also persecuted throughout its range because people mistakenly believe it to be venomous. It is not known to be collected in significant numbers. It is threatened by habitat loss through conversion of land to intensive agricultural use in Switzerland."
Green Whip Snakes are very active so a relatively large enclosure is needed. The habitat should be longer than it is high.
Needs Attention from Serious Herpetoculturists
I've experimented with green whip snakes in zoos, with mixed results. They need the huge spaces afforded by zoo exhibits, but "resent" being disturbed by visitors. Apparently they are not much favored by snake keepers in their native Europe, and there is little information available as to long-term breeding efforts. This might be a good species for the experienced keeper who seeks to break new ground in our hobby.
Green whip snakes are best left to those with large quiet enclosures and a serious interest in a little-studied, fascinating snake. An adult requires a custom-built cage measuring at least 6 x 5 feet. The cage must be well-ventilated and dry. Cypress mulch, eucalyptus bark and similar materials are preferable to newspapers as substrates. As they tend to be high-strung, numerous shelters should be provided. Ambient temperature: 75-82 F; Basking temperature: 88-90 F. As many in the trade are wild-caught, a veterinarian should check new arrivals to your collection..
From findiviglio Jan 7 2016 5:13PM