The Levant Blunt-Nosed Viper (Macrovipera lebetina obtusa) is a large endangered venomous snake, and an viperid reptile.
The Levant Blunt-Nosed Viper has light-grey and dark-grey scales edged with white. It has a broad, triangular head, and a rounded, blunt nose (snout). It has a faint pattern on its scales.
It measures about 150 centimetres (59 inches) in length.
The Levant Blunt-Nosed Viper is native to the Middle East, Central Asia, and Caucasus region, in countries such as Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Georgia, Armenia. Azerbaijan, Iran, southern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. It prefers to hide in the shade under short trees or bushes
It feeds on rodents, such as rats and mice. It also eats amphibians, such as frogs and toads, as well as mammals, birds, and lizards.
The Levant Blunt-Nosed Viper is ovoviparous, which means that the eggs hatch inside the female’s body and she gives birth to live young, called snakelets.
Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM