European asp

The European asp (Vipera aspis) lives in warm areas that are exposed to the sun, with structurated vegetation and comparatively dry soils.

The triangularhead and the vertical pupils of the eyes are characteristic of Viperae. The tip of the snout is slightly but distinctly upturned.

The European asp feeds mainly on rodents (field mice, voles), but also sometimes on lizards and birds.

This snake is venomous. A bite is very painful and, if not treated, may sometimes be fatal. However, the European asp is not aggressive and always prefer fleeing than fighting. It uses its venom only to hunt its prey and in case of immediate danger.

As all snakes in France, it is a protected species!

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