E. & D. Hosking
A moderately slender snake with a pointed snout and smooth scales. It is greyish brown or brown, with a pair of dark stripes running down the back. Hatchlings are pale yellow or cream with dark crossbars, forming a ‘ladder’ pattern.
Size To 1.5 m.
Distribution Spain, Portugal, extreme SW France and Menorca.
Habitat Rocky, scrubby hillsides, vineyards, olive groves, etc.
Food Small mammals and birds, including eggs and nestlings.
Bre e ding Egg-laying, with clutches of 6–12 eggs.
Note s The Montpellier Snake (See here) may be brown, but lacks the dark lines. Otherwise fairly distinctive. Young may be mistaken for vipers at first glance.