Photo: Savvas Zotos

Coin snake

Hemorrhois nummifer

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Colubridae



Pale coloration with particular dark brown diamond formations throughout the length of its back. Strong snake whose length can reach 150cm. Harmless to humans but highly aggressive when disturbed.

Basic biology:


Usually encountered in rocky areas with limited water and sparse vegetation of trees and shrubs. Eats small mammals, birds, lizards and large insects. Reproduction starts during late spring. During June-July it lays 4-10 eggs under rocks.

Distribution at Cyprus:

Widespread from the coast to an altitude of 1700m.

Global distribution:

Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, coast of east Mediterranean until Iran.


Aglyphous - Non venomous


Not particularly common

Protection status:



Map of confirmed presence:

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