Snakes in Cyprus are protected by the European Union and anyone caught killing one faces a fine of up to €10,000 or even jail.
Cyprus has eight types of snakes, two of which (one is a sub-species) are endemic to Cyprus. During the accession talks, Cyprus had suggested they be included in the EU directive protecting natural habitats (92/43). This directive was incorporated in local legislation in 2014, requiring us to protect them.
Every six years Cyprus must report to the EU on the effectiveness of these measures and the strength of the population of snakes.