Project ‘Vipers of Europe’

Wouter has always been highly interested in snakes, as they are among the most feared and misunderstood animals on Earth. Snakes live intriguing lifes, with amazing characteristics and skills. Since he spotted his first European adder (Vipera berus), the only venomous snake in the Netherlands and Northwestern Europe, he developed a fascination for European Vipers. These snakes are highly variable in both pattern and coloration and face huge pressure in some cases. Therefore it is time to pay attention to these beautiful and underrated snakes. 


The goal is to eventually find and photograph the 10 European Vipers.


Which species (in random order) are part of the project?


  1. European adder (Vipera berus)

  2. Walser viper (Vipera walser)

  3. Asp viper (Vipera aspis)

  4. Lataste’s viper (Vipera latastei)

  5. Seoane’s viper (Vipera seoanei)

  6. Nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes)

  7. Meadow viper (Vipera ursinii)

  8. Greek meadow viper (Vipera graeca)

  9. Ottoman viper (Montivipera xanthina)

  10. Milos viper (Macrovipera l. schweizeri)


Updates will be shared through the trip reports and with photos here.