Friday, May 6, 2011

Malpolon Monspessulanus

Here is Europe's fastest snake and biggest! it can reach 2,5m, is a colubridae that can be find in south of france, it has an excellent sight, very territorial, also has venom but is back in the mouth. I was pretty lucky to find one in the very dense vegetation, I went there with a friend and yes, we were too late in the season and we only had one... That disappeared under our eyes after a few shots... this one was young and freshly molted! I never had such an experience when I took its tail... Insanely aggressive, loads of bites, strong breath... just woaaaaah! Is by far a beautiful snake, and very common in south of france... But tricky to have due to the biotopes it hides, its sight and speed... you have to experience it to realize HOW fast it is.

Here is the Malpolon, very aggressive and fast snake, this one was young, the colors are well pronounced and its size was almost 1 meter. Adult it can reach 2,5 meters.

Portrait of the Malpolon.

Tongue out 

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