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Vipera (Pelias) darevskii

Vedmederja,Orlov & Tuniyev, 1986



Similar simpatric species: Coronella austriaca, Natrix natrix persa, Natrix tessellata, Vipera (Pelias) eriwanensis

Distribution in Armenia

Altitudes: 2400-3100 m a.s.l.

Administrative regions:

N-Shirak, (N-W Lory possible)

Map (10x10km UTM Grid):

Habitats: open rocklands and moirains.

Global distribution:

Javakhk-Ashotsk physical geographical region of Armenian upland.


Europe: NW Armenia, SC Georgia, NE Turkey (Kars, Artvin)

Food: Microtus ssp., Chionomus nivalis Mart., Darevskia valentini, arthropods.

Enemies: Martes foina Erxl. sbsp. nehringi Sat., man, ( presumbaly birds).

Parasites: No data

Known trend: not abjective data is available (presumably critically endangered).


Aghasyan A.L. 1996. [The Fauna of Snakes of Armenia and Nakhichevan]. PhD Thesis authoreferat, Yerevan, 34 pp.(In Russian)

Ananjeva N.B., Borkin L.Ya., Darevsky I.S., Orlov N.L., 1998. [Encyclopedy of The Russian Nature: Amphibians and Reptiles]. Moscow, ABF publishing, 351 pp. (In Russian)

Ananjeva, N.B., Orlov N.L., Khalikov R.G., Darevsky, I.S., Rjabov S.A., Barabanov A.V. 2004. [Atlas of Reptiles of Northern Eurasia], "Ivan Fedorov" Print, St. Pererbourg, Russia, 230 pp.(In Russian)

Darevsky I.S., 1957. [The Fauna of Reptiles of Armenia and Its Zoogeographical Analysis]. PhD Thesis, Yerevan, 468 pp.(In Russian)

Darevsky I.S., 1956. [A new species of the venomous snake, Vipera kaznakowi Nikolsky, for the fauna of Armenia]. Bulletin of the academy of sciences of Armenia, Yerevan, 9(12):127-130. (In Russian)

Geniez Ph., and Teynie A., 2005. Discovery of a population of the critically endangered Vipera darevskii Vedmederja, Orlov and Tuniyev, 1986) in Turkey with new elements on its identification (Reptilia, Squamata, Viperidae). Herpetozoa, 18, 3/4:
Orlov N.L. & B.S. Tuniyev, 1986. [present ranges, possible ways of their formation and phylogeny of the tree species of vipers from Eurosiberic group (V. kaznakowi complex) in the Caucasus]. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, 157:104-135. (In Russian).
Tadevosyan T.L. 2002. Poisonous Snakes as an Ecological Risk Factor and The Ways of It's Neutralisation. // Proceed. Of III republican youth scientific conference "XXI century: Ecological science in Armenia", Yerevan, pp. 20-36.(In Armenian)
Tadevosyan T.L. 2003. Modern Antropogenic Impact on The Population of Darevsky's Viper (Pelias (Vipera sensu lato) darevskii Vedmederja, Orlov & Tunyev, 1986) in The Limits of Southern Part of Javakhety Ridge (Armenia). // Materials of Region. Sci. Conf. Consecrate 60-yaer of Inst. Zool. NAS RA, Yerevan, pp. 143-144. (In Russian).
Tadevosyan T.L., 2004. Maping of Presuming Range of Darevsky's Viper.// 8th Pushinskaja Scool-Conference of Young scientists. (In Russian) (In Russian).

Vedmederja V.I., 1984 [Range, variability and pecularities of ecology of the Caucasus viper]. Pp 8-9. In Species and its Productivity in the Habitat. Part V. Questions of herpetology, Sverdlovsk. (In Russian).

Vedmederja V.I., N.L. Orlov and B.S. Tuniyev, 1986.[On the taxonomy of three viper species of Vipera kaznakowi complex]. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute, Leningrad 157:55-61. (In Russian).

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