Scary Creatures of Southern France

What do you think?  Would you say this is the asp viper shown here, or just a garden snake?  That’s what we’ve been asking ourselves for the past half hour, ever since Beppo decided to prove that he’s feeling better by bringing this little treasure into the house right after supper. 

Fortunately, he didn’t bring it onto the bed, as he did the other night with the large rat he’d vanquished.  Sorry, there’s no picture of the rat, since that was at 3:30 in the morning, and even in the interest of keeping you informed, no way was I running for my camera to record a rat on the bed in the dead of night.  Let’s just leave it at this: it was a very large rat, and Shel pitched out the window it in the general direction of the neighboring installation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, for which he’ll probably burn in hell, if there is a hell and the Témoins de Jéhovah get to say who goes there, which I sincerely hope is not the case..

But, on another recent night when there was a scorpion that, once knocked down from the ceiling, agreed to hold still for a photo, you can bet I thought of you.  For those of you that have been craving an up close and way too personal view of a French scorpion, here you go:

There now, don’t you feel better?  You have met a French scorpion,  and he’s not debonair, doesn’t have a charming French accent, isn’t in any way more seductive than any other scorpion, he’s just plain scary and hideous.  Yeah, he’s part of the ecosystem and all that, but the exterminator is coming on Wednesday, and I’m glad, I’m glad, I’m oh so glad.  This nightly scan of the ceiling over the bed is getting really old.

But now, how can we teach Beppo who is and who isn’t invited into the house?  In the best French tradition one treats guests very well, and that doesn’t normally include flushing them down the toilet!

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11 Comments on “Scary Creatures of Southern France”

  1. Rona Y Says:

    I’m so glad Beppo is feeling better, despite the unwelcome way of showing his regained strength! I do hope it’s not an asp viper that he found. Any signs of bites on him?

  2. Eric Says:

    Beppo seems to be fine. I looked him over and ruffed him up and he didn’t meow as if he was in any pain. He chewed my toes, licked them, and then fell asleep.

    I think it’s a Coronella girondica (non-venomous) since this snake didn’t try to strike me when Abra and I were looking at its nose to match the up-ward snout of the Asp Viper and the dead give away is that the eyes are round and it does not have a diamond head. Venomous snakes do not have round eyes and have a diamond shaped head.

  3. Eden Says:

    It’s wonderful to hear that Beppo is feeling better – hurray for the French kitty doctors!

    I agree with Eric that Beppo’s snake looks like the Coronelle. The outlined markings right behind the head match beautifully with the Coronelle photo on the snake page.

  4. Lauren Says:

    Beppo sounds like he is definitely feeling better. Thank goodness. And I too am glad, oh so glad that the exterminator is coming on Wednesday!

  5. Nancy Says:

    Hooray for Beppo and the doctors! I’m also very glad he’s feeling better.

    Once you established that the snake wasn’t poisonous, did you allow it a graceful exit?

  6. Abra Says:

    Yes, the snake went free a little ways away from the house, out of Beppo-land. We all heaved a sigh of relief.

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  10. taylor Says:

    yes a snake is really scary

  11. Deedee Says:


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