REPTILES

Hocicuda Viper

The color of the viper hocicuda varies from light gray to dark brown, with the vertebral band always dark that, in addition, contrasts strongly with the rest being edged black. This band can be drawn in a zig-zag or arrosar pattern. The sides consist of relatively large dark spots. The belly is grayish, and may be stained black. The tail end is yellow. There is no sexual dimorphism. Its head is triangular with its snout slightly raised, from which it comes its name. Its pupil is vertical. Its size is 60 to 75 cm It lives in sunny environments, crags, cliffs, slates, scree, forest paths, etc. It is distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula, except in the north. It begins its zeal at the beginning of spring. Between August and October the female will bear up to eight young, similar in appearance to the adults, but with lengths close to 20 cm. During the autumn the viper of one year already reaches 20 or 25 cm in length. It hibernates on the branches of trees or in galleries made by small mammals. It is a kind of carnivorous appetite. It has two large venom inoculator tusks in the anterior and dorsal part of the mouth, which are hardly visible when folded into their respective sleeves.