Don’t mess with me – Viper ( vipera ammodytes )
This magnificent awe-inspiring venomous snake is actually the only snake in Dalmatia that can be dangerous for human life in the unfortunate set of circumstances. Because of this viper all snakes in Croatia have a bad reputation, people identify all snakes with this one. Its easy to recognize them with the distinctive zigzag pattern across their back and a small horn on top of his forehead.
They like rocky areas mixed with smaller meadows,even old rock houses, but you can find them in the middle of the forest and in the river valleys.
In summer time and autumn you can find them around lakes waiting for prey. This snake if we surprise it warns us with a loud blowing, which I often experienced, that we are too close to them and it avoid any contact with people, but if you accidentally step on it will bite in self-defense.
If we are close to some city and quickly receive the antidote it should be no major problems, although bite witnesses says that the first few days of being bitten and even received antidote was going through pain agony.If we see them in the nature it is best to let them continue on their way.
Sometimes it might squeeze into birds nests and for ornithologist is recommend caution in the spring, as well as those staying in nature and walking through the Dalmatian karst to put on high boots and avoid the possibility of being bitten. This is one of the animals that are best to admired them from some distance. Their natural enemy in this area is this eagle.