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Vipera (Pelias) eriwanensis (Reuss, 1833)


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


Distribution in Armenia

Altitudes: 1800-3100 m a.s.l.

Administrative regions:

Aragatsotn, Ararat, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, (N-W Lory possible), (Tawoush possible), Shirak, Syunik, Vayots Dzor

Habitats: open of woody vegetated rocklands and moirains.

Global distribution:

High mountains or Arax basin

Asia: Armenia, NE Turkey, NW Iran

Food: Microtus ssp., Chionomus nivalis Mart., Darevskia valentini, Darevskia armeniaca, Darevskia unisexualis, Darevskia raddei, Lacerta agilis, Lacerta media, arthropods.

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


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


Aghasyan A.L., 1996. The Fauna of Snakes of Armenia and Nakhichevan. PhD Thesis authoreferat, Yerevan, 34 pp.

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.

Chernov S.A., 1939. [Herpetological Fauna of Armenian SSR and Nakhichevan ASSR] // Zoological Papers, Vol I, (Transactions of Biological Institure, Vol. III). Edition of Armenian Brunch of The USSR Academy of Scienecs, Erevan, 1939, pp. 77-194. (In Russian)
Darevsky I.S., 1957. The Fauna of Reptiles of Armenia and Its Zoogeographical Analysis. PhD Thesis, Yerevan, 468 pp.


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