Flag of Martinique

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Martinique
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Flag of France
Martinique is a region of France
Name Tricolore
Use National flag and civil and state ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted 15 February 1794
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Unofficial "Snake flag" of Martinique
Use Unofficial
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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