Palestine viper

With its striking appearance and venomous reputation, this snake embodies a captivating blend of beauty and danger

Arbe Levy

It is indeed a species of venomous snake that commands attention due to its potent venom and potentially lethal bite. Endemic to the Levant region of Western Asia, including areas such as Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon, this viper is known for its striking appearance and dangerous capabilities.

Measuring up to 130 cm (51 in) in length, the Palestine viper is a formidable predator with a stout body and a triangular-shaped head. Its dorsal pattern typically consists of dark spots or rings on a lighter background, providing effective camouflage in a variety of habitats. From dense forests and grasslands to arid deserts and agricultural lands, these adaptable snakes can be found in diverse environments across their range.

Despite their reputation as deadly predators, Palestine vipers are not inherently aggressive towards humans and will typically only strike if provoked or threatened. However, their potent venom, which contains a combination of toxins designed to immobilize and subdue prey, can cause severe symptoms in bite victims.

Envenomation from a Palestine viper bite can result in a range of symptoms, including severe bleeding, swelling, pain, tissue necrosis, and even kidney failure in some cases. Prompt medical treatment is essential following a snakebite to minimize the risk of complications and ensure the best possible outcome for the victim.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Israel
2008
Jordan
2008
Lebanon
2008
Syria
2008

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (szie) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No