Flag of Martinique
|Flag of France
Martinique is a region of France
|Use||National flag, civil and state ensign|
|Adopted||15 February 1794|
|Unofficial "Snake flag" of Martinique|
|Adopted||4 August 1766|
The snake flag of Martinique (French: Drapeau aux serpents) has no official status on the island. It is a historical flag dating from an edict issued 4 August 1766, specifying that vessels of the French Colony of Martinique and Saint Lucia should fly a version of the French ensign, which at the time was a white cross on a blue field, with L-shaped (for Lucia) snakes in each quarter of the cross. The same design is used for the lesser coat of arms.
The snakes are fer-de-lance vipers (Bothrops lanceolatus, French trigonocéphale) native to Martinique.
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