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Eastern Montpellier Snake

Eastern Montpellier Snake
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Copyright: Ilias Strachinis (strahos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 12 N: 109] (807)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-11 7:11
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Ilias Strachinis © 2013 Herpetofauna Of Greece

Malpolon insignitus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1827)
Common name: Eastern Montpellier Snake

Synonyms: Malpolon monspessulanus insignitus


Distribution in Greece:
Mainland, Peloponnese, Evia, Thasos, Samothrace, Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rodos, Kos, Ydra, Psili, Kastelorizo, Poros, Salamina, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Oksia, Skopelos, Skiathos, probably on other islands too.

General Information:
Venomous with weak venom. Opisthoglyphous*. The subspecies found in Greece is Malpolon insignitus fuscus (Fleischmann 1831). Total length up to 200cm, rarely up to 240cm. Variable in colouring. It has a characteristic head with strong ridges between eyes and snout. Diurnal and very common snake. It moves fast, swims and climps capably and has a great vision. Occurs at variable habitats but seems to prefer dry Mediterranean ones. Occurs usually at altitudes between 0 and 600, but it can also be seen at altitudes up to 2000m. It has 2 large glands under the skin between eyes and nostriles that produce a liquid secretion, which when spreads over the body makes it "waterproof", so that body fluids loss is reduced considerably. This makes the snake capable of being active even at high temperatures. It breeds from April to end of May and females give birth to 4-20 eggs which hatch in about 2 months. It feeds mainly on lizards but also on rodents, birds, amphibians, and snakes too. It will defend strongly if threatened, by hissing loud, raising its head, flatten the neck and pretend attacking. It will bite if caught or stepped on. *Its fangs are at the back of the upper jaw, so venom injection to human is very difficult. Even if injection occurs, its venom is weak and doesn't consist a danger. Pain and swelling, and maybe fever (on sensitive people) are the symptoms that may occur after an injection of large ammount of venom. Those symptoms usually relent in a few hours.

Protected by
-Presidential Decree no67, 23/A/30-1-81, Table ‘B
-Bern Convention

Information from Herpetofauna Of Greece:

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Ciao Ilias. Questa fotografia è veramente bella!! la metto tra le preferite

Giasou Ilia
An excellent and beautiful photo from a good point of view and very good detail.
Good to see this species
regards yiannis


Hallo Ilias
great sharpness picture with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ilias,
Stupendo il soggetto e foto molto ben composta. Complimenti e TFS.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-11 13:22]

Excellent picture of this Malpolón. Great sharpness and great moment. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-11 14:41]

Hi Ilias,beautiful capture whit a very impressive quality of details and colors,very interesting specie too,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Φανταστική στιγμή και εξαιρετική φωτογραφία Ηλία.
Καλή σου μέρα,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-05-11 23:49]

Hello İlias,
very beautiful species snake,beautiful photo,thanks for sharing..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-12 6:03]

Hi Ilias,
Excellent portrait of a beautiful snake.
Nice natural colours and fantastic sharpness details.
Very useful notes.
Regards Jiri.

φωτό και παρουσίαση εξαιρετικές!

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