There are very few types of snakes in Cyprus. Only 3 are poisonous, and only 1 is poisonous to humans. Click on the name for a picture of each snake
This is the most dangerous snake, as it is poisonous to humans. The best way to recognize it is by it's blunt-nose. It can grow to about 125cm long, and can be as thick as your forearm. Usually it is the color of sand.
The Cat snake is not poisonous to humans. It has a broad flat head, with scales on its forehead, and vertical slit eyes. It can be beige, brown, or green, with square shaped markings on its body.
Not poisonous to humans. It has large round eyes, with brown or yellow stripes or spots. Depending on its age it can be grey or olive-green in color.
The Large Whip snake is the most common in Cyprus, and can reach lengths of 2.5 meters. Because of its size it is easy to recognize. It is either olive brown or dark blue in color.
This snake is pink or brown in color and looks like an earth worm. It is usually found hiding under large rocks. It is not poisonous.
This snake is olive green when it's young, then changes to black with a green tinge. It is not poisonous.
The Cyprus Grass snake can be; light to dark brown, dark brown to black, or deep blue-black. There are no other noticeable markings, and it is not poisonous.
The Coin snake looks similar to the Blunt-Nosed Viper. The head stands out, as it is relatively bigger than the body. It is thin, and the tails tapers to a long thin end.
Snakes do not like people. If they sense you coming, via noise and vibrations, they will do their best to leave the area. So, make lots of noise as you walk (e.g. brush your feet). They bite only in self-defense, and would much prefer to leave the area if you give them a chance. Although most snakes are under the dirt or in grassy areas, occassionally they may be on tree branches, so look up if you are walking under trees. When it is sunny most snakes like to lay under the sun to warm up.
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If you are bitten by a snake: