Cyprus snakes

At the mere mention of the word snake, we are completely taken over by fear. In general young and old have learnt to be afraid of snakes and unfortunately kill them. This is completely wrong. The snakes in Cyprus are a treasure and must be treated with respect.

In Cyprus there are 8 types of snakes, out of which 3 are poisonous but only one of them is poisonous to humans. On the contrary to what people think a snake is not aggressive and only harms when it feels threatened. It is actually quite good in many areas such as agriculture since it feeds on rodents and other animals which are harmful for it.

Today the Cypriot water snake is endangered with extinction due to the human factor which kills because of ignorance or for collective purposes and pollutes its habitat. Human ignorance and indifference slowly force the water snake to extinction as well as other snakes to an unsure future.

It is of vital importance to revise the impression which Cyprus has towards snakes. Creating respect towards the fauna of our country, and gaining a spherical and complete knowledge about snakes must be done from a young age at school as well as from the family.

Further down we present the 8 types of snakes including the poisonous snakes in Cyprus:

Cyprus snakes

Appearance: It can grow up to 3 metres in length and is considered to be the longest snake in Europe. Up until the age of 5-6 years old it has a brick colour with dark brown spots, while later it takes its characteristic black colour. Habitat: This snake can be found in heights up to 1500 metres. Quite common in its kind, its main habitat is agricultural and open areas with groups of trees or bushes.
Appearance: Its length can reach up to 1.50 metres. Its colour is yellow with greyish brown large diamonds along its body. Habitat: You can find this snake in all heights, in open, forest areas as well as residential areas. Diet: It mainly feeds on small mammals as well as lizards.
Appearance: It has a length up to 115cm. Its colour is grey or light grey or black with thin white lines in the first half of its body.
It is a rare species for our country which is in danger of extinction. There are only small populations of these snakes left in a few areas in Cyprus.
Appearance: It large length can reach up to 2 metres. On the back of its jaw it has two large poisonous teeth. Its large eyes are characteristics of its good eye sight which is its main sense. Habitat: It is usually found in dry, rocky areas where lizards are plenty.
Appearance: It can reach up to 2 metres in length and 5kg in weight. Its characteristic is the triangular head and very short tail. The male is always smaller than the female. Habitat: It is a common species which can be found in various environments mainly in rocky or dry barren areas. Despite its size he viper can climb on trees quite easily.