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False Smooth Snake

False smooth snake is a species of small, mildly venomous snake occurring only in the Mediterranean region. The species is believed to be mainly nocturnal. The snake is known to be secretive.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Lamprophiidae
    Genus Macroprotodon
    Scientific Name Macroprotodon cucullatus


    Length Generally up to 55 cm
    Color Tan or gray dorsal color with small brown spots or with light and dark streaks; yellow to coral-red ventrally with uniform or spotted with black; blackish collar; a dark streak extends from the nostril to the corner of the mouth, running under or through the eye
    Distribution Algeria, Egypt, Italy, Morocco, Libya, Palestinian territories, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia
    Habitat Temperate forests, scrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, freshwater spring,  sandy areas, rocky areas,  pastureland, cultivated land, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas
    Diet Small lizards like geckos, also feed on small mammals and nestling birds
    Venom Fact Mildly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 6 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 2 months
    Average Lifespan Around 5.9 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 13th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 2nd September 2017.

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