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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(1973a, b), study the developmental of chondrocranium of Malpolon monspessulanus ponting to the columella auris organization.
Thus, it was found useful to make a detailed study on the development of the sound transmitting apparatus of one of the Egyptian Colubrid snake, Malpolon monspessulaus.
Malpolon (Coelopeltis) monspessulana belongs to the family Colubridae (Bernhard, 1971) which includes the majority of living snakes.
The columella auris of Malpolon monsspesulanus firstly appears as rod-shaped, undifferentiated mesenchymatous cells (Figures 1, 2, C.A).
In more developing Malpolon embryo (Figure 10, INT), the mesenchymatous cells which produced by the distal end of the shaft becomes cartilaginous in its structure; stylohyal nodule.
The morphological description of the sound transmitting apparatus development in Malpolon monsspesulanus has emphasized that it is more or less in accordance with the general pattern of other snakes.
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.
- Hooded Malpolon, which has a wide distribution but mostly absent from true high-dune desert areas
The green or Montpelier ground snake (Malpolon monspessalanus) can reach a length of 8 ft (2.5 m) and almost never enters the desert, while M.
3) Snake's eye view -- a hooded malpolon, a common snake in Qatar, raises its head to smell the air.