Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Squamata > Family: Colubridae > Genus: Malpolon > Species: Malpolon monspessulanus

Montpellier snake - Malpolon monspessulanus (Hermann, 1804)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
May also occur in
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • urban
Natura 2000 species code 2466


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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
Couleuvre de Montpellier French Gasc J.P. and al.
Culebra bastarda Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
Europäische Eidechsennatter German Gasc J.P. and al.
Montpellier snake English Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Natrix lacertina Wagler, 1824
Coelopeltis lacertina Wagler, 183
Coelopeltis monspessulana Ranzani, 1836
Coluber monspessulanus Hermann, 1804

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External data

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