Geographical Range Morocco to Tunisia (in northwestern Africa)
Habitat Rocky slopes, open woodlands, grasslands
Scientific Name Macrovipera mauritanica
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This heavy, slow-moving viper lives on the ground. During the day it shelters under rocks, in rodent dens, or under thick vegetation. It emerges at dusk to ambush prey near paths or water holes. When it is disturbed, it adopts a striking pose, flattens its head, and hisses loudly. Unlike most vipers, this snake is an egg-layer. A female's clutch of up to18 eggs takes six to eight weeks to hatch.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.