Corfu Snakes

snakes corfuWhen you're at Corfu for the holidays, you might have heard that there is a great snake population on the island. That's right, it's not a lie, nor is it a wild rumor. At Corfu you can find approximately a dozen of snake species.
If you don't like snakes, no problem at all, you will have a great holiday at the greenest island of Greece. Snakes don't like people as much as you don't like snakes, maybe more. So if you don't want contact, you will not have it, leave it up to the snake. They will try to stay out of the way.
If you are intrigued by this unusual but beautiful wild animals you will not be disappointed looking for snakes.
There are some rules when you want to meet the snakes of Corfu. First of all, realize that they are wild animals, unsociable. Most of them are not venomous, so not really dangerous. Though some of them can be grumpy or even aggressive when you interfere in their habitat. They might bite when you provoke or chase them. So keep distance and treat them with respect.


One of the most dangerous snake species of Europe is the Horned Viper. It lives on Corfu too, so be very carefull with this poisonous exemplar. Keep distance, it has a long reach. When bitten by accident, you have to go to the hospital as soon as possible! Here is what you must do, or not:

  • Call 166 (Common Emergency Number) immediately
  • Note the time of the bite
  • Keep calm and still as movement can cause the venom to travel more quickly through the body
  • Remove constricting clothing or jewelry because the area surrounding the bite will likely swell
  • Don’t allow the victim to walk
  • Carry or transport them by vehicle
  • Do not kill or handle the snake. Take a picture if you can but don’t waste time hunting it down

Below you can find a list of the snakes that reside at Corfu. You can watch a video of the mentioned snake when you click on the YouTube sign. The videos are all by Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology, The Manchester Museum. Most of the photos are by Anthony von Plettenberg Laing. Green Island likes to thank both gentlemen for their cooperation, knowledge and courtesy to allow their footage and photos on this website.

Snakes of Corfu

You might like these websites too:

Green Corfu
Corfu Wildlife
Corfu Loaded
Frog Blog Manchester (Andrew Gray)
Anthony von Plettenberg Laing's Photograpy
Bush Viper Info
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