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Malpolon monspessulanus

Montpellier Snake

Venomous 💀💀 Potentially dangerous ref
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A fast, intelligent and vivid snake that will usually try to flee when humans approach. If cornered, it will defend itself ferociously.
  • Snake Length

  • ??? cm - 200 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • rear-fanged
  • Weight

  • ??? gr - 3000 gr ref
  • D.movability

  • fixed
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

  • round (or oval) 
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 3.8 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 2250 meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names

Malpolon monspessulanus  0 DE Eidechsennatter, Europ√§ische Eidechsennatter, Westliche Eidechsennatter, EN Montpellier Snake, Western Montpellier Snake, ES Culebra bastarda, FR Couleuvre de Montpellier, IT Colubro lacertino, NL Hagedisslang
Malpolon monspessulanus monspessulanus 1
Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus 51

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Lamprophiidae

  • House snakes
  • III. Subfamily Psammophiinae

  • Sand snakes
  • IV. Genus Malpolon

  • European lizard snakes
  • V. Species Malpolon monspessulanus

  • Montpellier Snake
  • VI. snakeID

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