Venomous vipers and snakes

Macrovipera schweizeri - Milos Viper

Conservation status: ENDANGERED

Macrovipera Schweizeri


Macrovipera schweizeri, commonly named Milos Viper or Cyclades blunt-nosed viper, is a venomous snake. It can be found only on four Greece islands: Milos, Kimolos, Polinos and Siphnos.

This snake grows to the 50-70 cm but the largest specimens may grow up to 1 m. Body color varies. Milos viper may be white, ochre or dark grey with skin patterns like transverse rows of blotchy dark stripes.

Venom of Milos viper is very potent and dangerous [1].


Venom. Cyclades blunt-nosed viper is venomous snake.

There is no specific antivenom for this species [2].

Conservation status

Conservation status. Milos Viper is the endangered species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In that case you must remeber that you as a human are also dangerous for this viper and hurting or killing it is not acceptable [1].

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Useful Links:

  1. Wikipedia: Macrovipera schweizeri
  2. Wildscreen Arkive: Cyclades blunt-nosed viper (Macrovipera schweizeri)
  3. WHO: Venomous Snakes Database


Data about Microvipera Schweizeri viper occurence is based on the information from Wikipedia page [1]. The data are divided into two indicators: [1] - risk region [0] - secure region. The data was created based on the maps and descriptions from the corresponding Wikipedia’s websites. (See data access and policies).

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