Vipera ammodytes

30/06/2017 - Dinarides

Vipera ammodytes is a venomous viper species found in Southern Europe especially  through to the Dinarides region. It is reputed to be the most dangerous of the European vipers due to its large size, long fangs (up to 13 mm) and high venom toxicity. The main enemies are predators’ birds and small beasts, especially the Eagle snake (Circaetus gallicus) and mongoose  (Herpestidae). Primarily feeds on small mammals and birds. They feel prey thanks to small, waiting sometimes for days. He lives up to 15 years.