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Shared by : Bharat Adhikari (Nepal)
Habitat : Europe
Status : Vulnerable
Introduction
It is also known as Ursini's viper or meadow adder, field viper etc. It is a venomous viper and a very widespread species, found from southeastern France all the way to China (Xinjiang).
Adults average 40-50 cm (15.75-19.69 inches) in total length. Females are larger than males. Although sometimes confused with V. aspis or V. berus, it differs from them in the following characters. The smallest viper in Europe, its body is thick, its head narrow, and its appearance rough. There are always several large scales or plates on the top of the head. The prominently keeled dorsal scales are in only 19 rows, and often dark skin shows between them. It is gray, tan, or yellowish with a dark undulating dorsal stripe, which is edged with black.
Habitat
Open meadow and hillsides.
Threats
Climate change.

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