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Malpolon monspessulanus

Montpellier Snake

Venomous 💀💀 Potentially dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

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
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) 
  • Fangs

  • fixed rear-fanged ref
  • 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  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 ref
Malpolon monspessulanus monspessulanus ref
Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus ref

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
Look up complete taxonomic records of Malpolon monspessulanus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).