Found throughout Europe, Aesculapian Snake (Zamenis longissimus) was believed to be introduced in various areas by the Romans. After transporting this Snake in earthenware containers, the Romans released Him around their baths and temples. For them, Aesculapian Snake was a representative of their God of Healing – Aesculapius.
As a Rat Snake, Aesculapian Snake hunts these Rodents in old walls. This handsome elegant Snake is also a tree climber, moving straight up heavily barked trees. When confronted, this constrictor makes chewing movements with his jaws. Later Aesculapian Snake will issue a foul smell to drive the intruder away.
How the Romans associated this Snake with Aesculapius is explained one of their myths. During a plague, they went to Greece to ask for his aid. Then the God came aboard their boat as a Snake. When the Romans entered the Tiber River, the Snake left the boat and stayed on an island. There, the Romans built a temple to Aesculapius to thank Him for His help. Afterward for the Romans, Aesculapian Snake became synonymous with healing.
A Snake entwined around a rod has become the symbol for Aesculapius. Called by various names – Staff of Aesculapius, Rod of Aesculapius, Asklepian – this symbol now represents the medical profession. Many medical personnel such as first responders have it as part of their insignia.
Aesculapian Snake represents healing. Romans regarded this Snake favorably since He pointed out various herbs for cures. He also carried their messages to their Gods as well. Overcome your fear of Snakes and see Aesculapian Snake as a force for good. Let Him guide you to healing.