Malpolon insignitus

Common name: the Eastern Montpellier Snake

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Size: up to 2000 mm

Description: males – upperside coloration varies from blueish-gray to greenish-gray, underside is whitish; females and juveniles – brownish-gray with dark spots and white dots, underside is cream

Habitat: arid open woodlands, dry steppes, coastal dunes and dry rocky semi-deserts

Activity: diurnal

Toxicity: venomous!!!

Diet: various vertebrates

Reproduction: oviparous

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