Are there poisonous snakes in the Algarve?

Are there poisonous snakes in Portugal? There are two species of venomous snakes in Portugal. The most common is the Seoane’s Viper and the second is the Lataste’s Viper which has dangerous venom but is rarely seen in Portugal due to declining numbers.

Are snakes a problem in Portugal?

Snakes are quite common throughout Portugal and usually present no threat to man. Most sightings of snakes come from the rural areas where they can be seen basking in the sunshine. Vacations or holidays to Portugal can be ruined if people do not take extra care when they are walking about in the rural areas.

What snakes are in Portugal?


  • False Smooth Snake (Macroprotodon cucullatus)
  • Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)
  • Horseshoe Snake (Hemorrhois hippocrepis)
  • Ladder Snake (Rhinechis scalaris)
  • Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)
  • Southern Smooth Snake (Coronella girondica)
  • Viperine Water Snake (Natrix maura)
  • Western False Smooth Snake (Macroprotodon brevis)

Are there any dangerous animals in Portugal?

While many might argue that the most dangerous animals in Portugal are large ones, like foxes and wild boars, more people are injured annually by small ones, like the castor bean tick and the European scorpion.

Are there sharks in Portugal?

Portugal is ranked third among EU Member States for catches of sharks (consisting of mainly blue sharks followed by rays, makos, and deepwater species). Oceanic sharks are increasingly targeted by Portuguese fishermen and reportedly make up more than 80% of the catch from the Portugal’s surface longline fleet.

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Are there any scorpions in Portugal?

There are around 2,000 different types of scorpion – not all in Portugal thankfully – and are collectively called arthropods and are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks. … But the good news is that out of the 2,000 only 30-40 can cause fatalities, and none of them live in Portugal!

Is healthcare free in Portugal?

State healthcare in Portugal is not completely free. Healthcare costs are covered by the state, and patients pay standard user fees, known as ‘taxas moderadoras’.

Does Portugal have a lot of bugs?

Portugal, like nearly every country in the world, has it’s fair share of poisonous insects, arachnids, snakes, and even caterpillars. Do not let this put you off of your vacation or camping trip, there are many remedies which you should carry with you just in case.

Are there mosquitoes in Portugal?

It occurs mostly in the mountains where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal and where it is sometimes possible to ski. … Please note some areas of Portugal suffer from Mosquitoes during warm weather, usually in the evenings, so it is advisable to take insect repellent with you.

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