Montpellier snake

Malpolon monspessulanus

Malpolon monspessulanus, commonly known as the Montpellier snake, is a species of mildly venomous rear-fanged colubrids. It is up to 2.00 metres (7 ft) long and may weigh up to 1.5 kilograms (3 lb). Although it is venomous, only a few cases of envenomation of humans are known, one of which occurred when a finger was inserted into the snake's mouth. The Montpellier snake is not a dangerous snake for humans. The rear fangs reduce the possibility of venom injection, and the venom is of low toxicity. Venom injections are possible in bites of big individuals. The venom is not very dangerous; symptomatic treatment suffices to treat an envenomation.The unthreatening nature of the snake, along with its relatively mild persecution by man, has made it one of the more common species throughout its range, even in areas occupied by humans.
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Appearance

It is up to 2.00 metres (7 ft) long and may weigh up to 1.5 kilograms (3 lb).
Close encounter Malpolon monspessulanus, a juvenil warming up on Juniperus turbinata
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Distribution

It is very common throughout the Mediterranean basin. The snake's specific name, monspessulanus, is a Latinized form of Montpellier, a city in southern France.
Young Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) Puechabon, France. Sep 14, 2016.
Very fittingly, less than 30 km away from Montpellier! France,Geotagged,Malpolon monspessulanus,Montpellier snake,Summer

Behavior

It is active during the day and mainly feeds on lizards.

Food

It is active during the day and mainly feeds on lizards.

Evolution

Genetic evidence suggests that the species originated in the Maghreb, migrating into southwestern Europe between 83,000 and 168,000 years ago and into southeastern Europe and western Asia at an earlier time. It is most closely related to the North African and Arabian species Malpolon moilensis and to a fossil species from the Pliocene of Spain, Malpolon mlynarskii, with which it forms the genus Malpolon. Malpolon has a good fossil record, dating back to the Pliocene in both southwestern Europe and northern Africa, but many of the fossils are isolated vertebrae, which are difficult to assign to species.

Uses

The animal is not threatened by its interactions with humans and is assessed as "Least Concern", but it is often killed by cars and farmers, and is sometimes used by snake charmers and sold as curio.[1] Even in areas affected by humans, the population is stable and in some areas growing. It is found in a number of protected areas.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyColubridae
GenusMalpolon
SpeciesMalpolon monspessulanus
Photographed in
France
Portugal