Montpellier snake

The Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) is the biggest snake in Europe: more than 2 meters long! Unfortunately, very few of these animals grow to such a size: many Montpellier snakes are killed by road traffic…

This snake is greyish or greenish brown on the back and yellow on the belly. It lives in garrigues and bushes.

Its choice preys are lizards, snakes, small mammals, but it can also eat birds or young rabbits.

If it is rushed or if it feels threatened, the Montpellier snake may sometimes rise up, blow sharply to impress its adversary, and as a last resort fight back and bite. However, it has rearward grooves, so that it is not dangerous for humans.

Couleuvre de Montpellier