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.
SAHLEAN, TIBERIU; STRUGARIU, ALEXANDRU; DINCA, PAUL; CHIŞAMERA, GABRIEL; STANCIU, CATALIN; ZAMFIRESCU, ŞTEFAN; GHERGHEL, IULIAN; and MORARU, VALENTINA
"Morphological characteristics of the elusive blotched snake (Elaphe sauromates)at its northwestern range limit (Romania),"
Turkish Journal of Zoology: Vol. 40:
1, Article 18.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/zoology/vol40/iss1/18