Asp, a name applied to several different species of poisonous snakes. The term is most commonly used to identify the Egyptian cobra and the horned viper, both of which are native to North Africa and adjacent southwestern Asia. The viper of southern Europe is also called an asp. The asp that, according to legend, Cleopatra used to kill herself is believed to have been the Egyptian cobra.
Asps belong to the family Elapidae. They are Naja haje.Asps are small venomous snakes native to North Africa.