Coin Snake

Full name: Hemorrhois nummifer (Reus, 1833)


Pale brown snake 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.


Usually encountered in rocky areas with limited water and sparse vegetation of trees and shrubs.


Small mammals, birds, lizards and large insects.


Reproduction starts during late spring. During June-July its able to lay 4-10 eggs under rocks.


Distribution in Cyprus:
Widespread from the coast to an altitude of 1700m.

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

Not particularly common.

Special protection:
• Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
• Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003

About Us



Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

Contact Details
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
                            Paphos, Cyprus
           Tel:          +357 26 967600
           Fax:         +357 26 967007
           Email: HerpetSocietyCy@gmail.com


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