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.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 200 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 3000 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • round (or oval) 
  • Dentition Type

  • fixed rear fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 3.8 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 2250 meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Malpolon monspessulanus (not specific) 0 DUTCH Hagedisslang, ENGLISH Montpellier Snake, Western Montpellier Snake, FRENCH Couleuvre de Montpellier, GERMAN Eidechsennatter, Europ√§ische Eidechsennatter, Westliche Eidechsennatter, ITALIAN Colubro lacertino, SPANISH Culebra bastarda 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

  • 1467
Complete taxonomy of Malpolon monspessulanus at The Reptile Database.