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16 May 2017
Cypriots are against killing of snakes

Macrovipera lebetina lebetina

Reptile specialists warn about the start of the breeding season for snakes and urge people not to kill them. Biologist Daniel Kourides said that out of 7 species of snakes living in Cyprus, only the blunt-nosed viper (Macrovipera lebetina lebetina) can be dangerous to humans. In case of being attached by a snake, person should contact the hospital not later than 6 hours after the attack.

All other types of snakes living in Cyprus are completely harmless to humans. Moreover, they are very important for the Cyprus ecosystem. Kourides also noted that snakes can help controlling the population of rodents, which can significantly increase, if the number of snakes declines.

If you come across a snake at home or in the garden, you should not make any hectic movements; you must slowly move away and call a fire service for ensuring a humane removal of the reptile.

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