Asp viper "la Garriguette" from Hérault department
I didn't upload anything since a while !
What a good birthday present I made for myself, I finally found some asp vipers around my place in the Hérault department in the south of France, where they are not so easy to find. In this part, they have a special coloration a kind of bluish grey which quite similar of the calcareous soils coloration around where they live, in the old holm oak forests, the old "garrigue". This is why here they are called the "Garriguette"
"Vipera aspis" is a venomous viper species found in southwestern Europe. Bites from this species can be more severe than from the European adder, "V. berus"; not only can they be very painful, but also about 4% of all untreated bites are fatal. The specific epithet, "aspis", is a Greek word that means "viper."