Geographical Range Spain, Portugal, northwestern Africa
Habitat Rocky or wooded slopes, sand dunes
Scientific Name Vipera latasti gaditana
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This small viper makes its home in rocks or in lightly wooded areas on mountain slopes. But it is also found in the sand dunes. It may be active by day or night and often lies, partially hidden, among a jumble of rocks, or at the base of a small bush. The yellowish tip of its tail possibly functions as a lure to entice prey, such as lizards, closer to the snake.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.