Poppy, Wisteria, snakes & a moth

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— on a gray day!

I love spring, I love flowers, I love Skopelos

What is my favorite flower?
Difficult to answer …
A Blue iris, my Caribbean rose or a Skopelos wild flower?
But there are nothing like the POPPY
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and when I found a whole field of them just around the corner, it was amazing!

In Mortero, one of my favorite places on the island,
you know to the right, just before/behind Panormos,
I shot this yesterday;

But there is always a s…. in the paradise;

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What is this? It was big, more than one meter long,
it moved very slow over the road.
I got the answer from Liz and Brian Ridout,
who are categorizing incest and more her.
They have published two books about the wildlife here.
Here is the mail I got after sending them the snake photo;

“Brian is very jealous. It looks like a typical four lined snake which isn’t supposed to be hear – only the blotched four lined snake. Anyway it grows to 2.5m and eats rats!! A lovely find – thank you for telling us and the pictures.

Thanks a lot!
An autumn some years ago I shot this snake;

Liz and Brian told me it was a leopard snake, and also that is not supposed to be here;


“We saw a small live snake today,
about 35 cm long, thin like a pencil and very “slow”
– it was not sunny and warm.
Think it is a;
“hus-slange” –

The leopard snake is a beautiful indigenous reptile that lives
in vegetated areas and sometimes visits gardens.

In Maltese, the leopard snake is known as lifgħa. It can grow up to one metre in length and hunts small animals such as young birds, reptiles, frogs, mice and even small snakes. But it is not poisonous.

In the Acts of the Apostles, it is written that Paul of Tarsus was shipwrecked in what we believe are the Maltese islands in AD60 and that while he was warming himself near a fire he was bitten by a viper but he did not die.
This gave rise to the belief that, as a result of this,
all snakes in Malta lost their poison.”


So when in Skopelos, do not worry about snakes,
only one is poisonous, the viper, and I have never heard of anybody being bitten,
and Brian said he never saw one alive, – and he looks out for wildlife all the time.

Talking about leopards;
Also this not common in Skopelos!

Have a wonderful weekend!



3 thoughts on “Poppy, Wisteria, snakes & a moth”

  1. lovely to see you site. I have been coming to skopelos since 2011. its a beautiful island, and so are the people. Now when we come, people remember us and we have some good talks, its like a second home. The only thing that is now beginning to upset me is the things i hear and read about the animals. I do not understand he mentality towards the cats and dogs and the terrible stories i hear. Poisoning the cats and dogs and worse things too. SOme people say to complain to the police and mayor and some say not to do this because all they will do is put more poison down. I feel I should do something to help, but not sure what I can do. I see that there are two charities, Scan Skopelos and Stray Care Skopelos who are helping but maybe if the local authorities knew that this was very upsetting and maybe the tourists would be less likely to come then they would take more care and responsibility for this. Do you have any ideas or comments. thank you.


    1. Hi and thanks for your message!
      The problem is what to do? We have been complaining, but nobody seams to know who has been doing the poisoning!!! Since I am living here I can understand that for some people all these cats can be a problem, – what the best thing to do is to sterilize as many as possible, that will slowly reduce the problem. But next time you are here you can talk with the vets and maybe donate some money for sterilizations or first aid for animals.
      Sorry I can not help you more, as I said very difficult situation!
      I do my bit up here, feeding about 20 cats, and all have been sterilized, so kittens should not show up again, I hope!!!
      Thanks for looking at Skopelitissa,
      have a good summer, best greetings from Nana


      1. Thank you so much for replying. Yes, I can imagine it is a big problem and a big sterilisation needs to happen for sure. I am hoping to come back later this year and can go to the vets and talk to them, make a donation, unless if you can let me know their name and i will see if they have a facebook page i can contact them. thank you again for replying, and also looking after the 20 cats, nice to know there are kind people like yourselves. Have a lovely summer. Belinda.


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