Top 10 Snakes of the Sahara Desert

Western Montpellier Snake:The western Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) is very common in Northwest Africa, Portugal, the coast of France, the Middle East, and Spain.

Saw Scaled Viper:The saw-scaled viper (E. leucogaster, E. pyramidum) is officially the deadliest snake in the world.

Sahara Sand Viper:The Sahara Sand Viper (Cerastes vipera) is a crafty snake, often burying itself beneath the sands with only its head protruding, waiting for a small animal with the worst luck in the world to come traipsing by.

Nubian Spitting Cobra:The Nubian spitting cobra (Naja nubiae) is one of a select few “spitting cobras” throughout the world. Their name is well-earned, with the double threat of both spitting venom.

Moorish Viper:The Moorish viper (Macrovipera mauritanica) is also known as the Sahara rock viper and the atlas blunt-nosed viper. It’s a particularly long snake, reaching up to 70″ as an adult.

Lataste’s Viper:Lataste’s Viper (Vipera latastei)is yet another viper on our list of snakes in the Sahara Desert. It almost sounds like vipers are the dominant species of the Sahara.

False Smooth Snake:Last, but not least, we have the false smooth snake (Macroprotodon cucullatus). It’s a relatively small snake, in terms of body size and length (21″), so it primarily feeds on small mice,

Egyptian Cobra:The Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) is one of many cobra species. The tell-tale hood that makes cobras so famous (or infamous, if you will), is present, along with a very large body.

Desert Horned Viper:The desert horned viper (Cerastes cerastes) is almost mythical, reminiscent of desert devils and ancient, insidious beings from tales written in bygone eras. 

Algerian Whip Snake:The Algerian whip snake features light brown to black bands against a cream or tan background. The bands are not complete and are broken up (like half-circles) in patterns across the body.

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