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Coin Snake
Coin Snake






Snakes spend the winter in hibernation, and come out to feed and breed in the spring, slowing down again in the heat of high summer. They are frightened of people and will only attack in self defense. Most snakes in Cyprus are non-venomous, and only one of these venomous snakes; the blunt-nosed viper, can be dangerous to man. The other two venomous snakes of the island are the slender cat snake and the Montpellier snake, but their bites are only fatal to small animals such as mice, birds and lizards.

We use a liquid chemical to repel snakes from your premises, and we also offer a non chemical repellent as an option.


The Blunt Nosed Viper (Vipera Lebetina)
is a dangerous, highly venomous viper. A thick-bodied snake, varying in colour with a yellow and horn-like tail-end. It inhabits rocky bushland and hillsides near streams. It will only attack in defence. If it is disturbed, it will hiss loudly and can attack rapidly. This snake's bite is especially dangerous because when it bites, its teeth are left behind, and large amounts of venom are continously pumped into the wound. You can distinguish this snake from other snakes by it's blunt nose.

Blunt Nosed Viper
Blunt Nosed Viper
Montpellier Snake
Montpellier Snake




The Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessu lanus)
is a poisonous snake. Its venom is not normally dangerous to man, but can cause painful local swelling and a headache. It can grow to two metres and lives in terrain with short grass and undergrowth and feeds on mainly lizards.



The Cat Snake (Telescopus fallax) grows up to a meter in length. They hunt lizards and other small animals at night, living near streams and swamps. They sleep in burrows during the day. This yellow-brown, black-dotted snake uses small amounts of venom to subdue its prey, but isn't dangerous to man as it is rear-fanged and does not possess the ability to deliver the venom into our flesh.


Cat Snake
Cat Snake
Large Whip Snake
Large Whip Snake



Two common non-venomous snakes of Cyprus are the Coin Snake, a pale brown snake with dark brown diamond-shaped markings along its back, and the Large Whip Snake, which is the longest snake in Europe, growing up to 2 meters in length. Brown in colour for the first three years of its life, this snake then turns dark black.