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Montpellier Snake

Montpellier snake is a species of mildly venomous snake, belonging to the colubrid family, found in the Mediterranean region. The rear-fanged species is diurnal. There are four subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Psammophiinae
    Genus Malpolon
    Scientific Name Malpolon monspessulanus

    Length Up to 2 m (7 ft)
    Weight Up to 1.5 kg (3 lb)
    Color Dark gray/green outer surface with often yellowish underside with dark marks
    Distribution Mediterranean basin
    Habitat Hot arid areas with low growth shrubby, rocks, vineyards, stone walls, open woodland or by the side of rivers
    Diet Mainly lizards, also feed on small mammals, birds
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Venom Fact Not highly toxic
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 50 days
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 19th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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