Malpolon

Malpolon

 

a genus of poisonous snakes of the family Colubridae. The genus embraces two species, which are distributed in southern Europe, Southwest Asia, and North Africa. The single species found in the USSR, M. monspessulanus, occurs in the eastern Caucasus and in Kalmykiia; it measures up to 1.7 m in length. The coloring is grayish olive with dark transverse stripes on the sides.

The snakes inhabit arid foothills and rocky, clayey, and sandy semideserts. They feed on lizards, snakes (including poisonous species), and rodents. The bite of the snake is lethal to small animals. The female deposits as many as 20 eggs.

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The c[eth]Aluber nummifer, malpolon monsesulanus and coluber jugularis were also displayed with the latter not only being harmless, according to Angeli, but helps reduce rodents as it can eat 30 rats in a month.
Another common snake is the diurnal hooded malpolon (Malpolon moilensis) which is mildly venomous.
Entre los reptiles, se encuentran: Coluber hippocrepis (culebra de herradura), Elaphe scalaris (culebra de escalera), Malpolon monsppesulanus (culebra bastarda), Thamnophis proximus (culebra de agua), Psammodromus algirus (lagartija colilarga), Lacerta lepia (lagarto ocelado), Talentola mauritanica (salmanquesa), Mauremys leprosa (galapago leproso).
Hooded Malpolon, which has a wide distribution but mostly absent from true high-dune desert areas