Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Squamata > Family: Colubridae > Genus: Macroprotodon > Species: Macroprotodon cucullatus

False smooth snake - Macroprotodon cucullatus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1827)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 2465


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Reptiles not included in Annex II)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Cobra de capuz Portuguese Gasc J.P. and al.
Couleuvre à capuchon French Gasc J.P. and al.
Culebra de cogulla Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
False smooth snake English Gasc J.P. and al.
Kapuzennatter German Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Coluber cucullatus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1827
Macroprotodon mauritanicus Guichenot, 1850
Lycognathus textilis Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854
Coronella brevis Günther, 1862
Lycognathus cucullatus Boscá, 1877
Coronella cucullata Boscá, 1880
Macroprotodon maroccanuss Peters, 1882

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External data

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