Did you know it is forbidden to kill a snake even a viper, they are protected.
To differentiate between snakes and vipers in France, look at the photos
Whether you are a curious hiker, or simply in your garden and worried about your children, learning to differentiate the venomous species from non-venomous is important. These simple keys will allow you to know who you're dealing with.
It is important to know that you can get close enough to a snake to distinguish their pupils, their scales and the shape of the tail without being in danger. 1.50 m is a sufficient safety distance. Snakes are not monsters.
And remember, despite their differences, snakes and vipers are protected animals that it is forbidden to hurt or kill.