Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Squamata > Family: Colubridae > Genus: Natrix > Species: Natrix maura

Viperine snake - Natrix maura (Linnaeus, 1766)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 2467


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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

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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
Couleuvre vipérine French Gasc J.P. and al.
Culebra viperina Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
Viperine snake English Gasc J.P. and al.
Vipernatter German Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Coluber maurus Linnaeus, 1766
Coluber viperinus Sonnini & Latreille, 1802
Natrix cherseoides Wagler, 1824
Natrix ocellata Wagler, 1824
Tropidonotus viperinus Boie, 1858

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External data

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