Project ‘Vipers of Europe’

Wouter has always been highly interested in snakes (Latin: Serpentes), because they are among the most misunderstood animals on the planet. Snakes live intriguing lifes, build on amazing characteristics and skills. Since he spotted his first European adder (Vipera berus), the only venomous snake in his home country and Northwestern Europe, he developed a great fascination for (European) Vipers as they are highly variable in both pattern and coloration. Enough reasons to start a herpetological mission and achieve a personal goal. This is project 'Vipers of Europe’.


The goal of project ‘Vipers of Europe’ is to eventually find and photograph 10 European Viper species.


Which species (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 in trip reports and with photos in the Vipers of Europe portfolio.


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