I've found this snake in a cave named Grotta delle fate (cave of the fairies) close to Forre di Lavello in Cusano Mutri.

As soon as it saw me, it seem to be not aggressive at all, but rather scared, and apparently it was just trying to find a place to hide, so I guess it is maybe not dangerous at all.

What snake you think it is the one in the photo below?

More info:

  • I think it is long as much as 60-80 cm;
  • I don't it'll help, but this is the video which I extracted the screenshot from.

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    That's a very hard answer to give - you have a blurry photo that doesn't really show anything other than some stripes on the side, and may not even be true-colour, given that most snakes are brown rather than grey. It also has no indication of size - can you give us a hint as to how long and thick the snake was?
    – bob1
    Commented Aug 9, 2020 at 20:33
  • @bob1, question edited
    – Enlico
    Commented Aug 9, 2020 at 20:38

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What snake is this, in a cave in southern Italy?

Upon close examination of the above I photo in the question, I would conclude that the snake in question is a Vipera walser If one looks closely one can see both the side and back marking match the photo below.

Both side and back markings are visual in the posted photo, even though somewhat blurry :

Viper walser

Vipera walser

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Searching a bit on the web, I found that snake is most likely a Natrix natrix (here is a reference, but in italian).

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