Subspecies: V.a. francisciredi
Another lower quality image but probably one of my most cherished. This is an Endangered subspecies that I came across hiking in Tuscany. I tried hard to stay calm but my hands shook as they always do. The bronze snake slithered into a crevice and avoided my advances to catch it resulting in only this simple image. Maybe another time
''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." Five subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.