Lataste’s Viper


Common name : Lataste’s viper, Snub-nosed viper, Snub-nosed adder

Scientific name : Vipera latastei

Family : Viperidae

Native to : Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Algeria

Conservation status : Vulnerable

An upturned snout is unique to the venomous Lataste’s viper. It is grey in colour with a triangular head and a dark zig-zag pattern running down its entire length. They prey on reptiles, mammals, frogs, birds and even other Lataste’s vipers. The terrestrial vipers inhabit moist, rocky woodlands, dry shrublands and coastal dunes.

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