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European Asp

European asp is a poisonous snake occurring in southwestern Europe. There are five subspecies of this snake. Males are a bit thinner than females.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Viperinae
    Genus Vipera
    Scientific Name Vipera aspis


    Other Names Asp, Asp Viper, Aspic Viper, European Viper, Jura Viper
    Length 60–65 cm (average)
    Longest Male: 85 cm
    Longest Female: 75 cm
    Color Males are gray while the females are gray or brown
    Distribution France, Andorra, northeastern Spain, extreme southwestern Germany,  the islands of Elba and Montecristo, Switzerland, Italy,  northwestern Slovenia, San Marino, Poortugaal in the Netherlands
    Habitat Regions with low mountain or hills especially in limestone regions, lower plains, sunny slopes, scrublands, glades, forest clearings, at the borders of woods,  mountain meadows, stone quarries,  rubbish dumps
    Diet Rodents, lizards, small birds
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months
    Venom Fact Toxic
    Breeding Season April- May
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 6 to 7 (average)
    Gestation Period 3 to 4 months
    Average Lifespan More than 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 13th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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