bugs

Lizard

The Italian wall lizard is the most commonly found type of lizard in Italy and is brown or green with small brown dots on its back. You can find this lizard in Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, rocky shores, sandy shores, rural gardens, pastureland, plantations
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Aesculapian Snake

This is a non-venomous snake found in northern and central Italy (and other countries), although if bitten you still need to seek medical attention immediately. It can grow to approximately 200cm in length, but it usually averages between 140cm-160cm.  The snake is often a light
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Snakes

These are reptiles that live in various habitats all over the world; dry stone walls, sunny woods, dark holes and crevices, under rocks, amongst piles of firewood, in long grass, they can even stay hidden under a pile of old leaves.  They are carnivorous reptiles and eat things
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Firefly

The firefly is a small nocturnal flying beetle that emits a glow from its body due to a natural chemical stored in its abdomen.  These bugs are from the same family as glowworms and are the only winged luminescent bug.  They are approximately 2 cm long and have a lifespan of
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Wasps, Hornets & Bees

All of the above can be a nuisance problem in the late summer months in Lake Como.  They yellowjackets, a type of wasp are known for scavenging around rubbish bins and picnic areas. However on a more positive note these insects are beneficial in their activities as predators of
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Mosquitoes

These are small flying insects, known as zanzare in Italian, are found around the world. There are approximately over 3000 species. They have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and six long legs. The female mosquito bites, sucking blood from humans and
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Bugs & Reptiles

Researching bugs, reptiles and other animals that you may see on your travels is always a good idea.  It is better to be aware of possible  poisonous or venomous species and what to look out for rather than not knowing at all. If you are curious as to what types of bugs and
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