Vipera raddei

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< Rare and Endangered Animals of Armenia

Animal in Armenia

Հայկական իժ (“Haykakan ijh”)


Rare species. Included in the Red Book of the former Soviet Union.

Habitat in Armenia

Can be met on the southern slope of Mt. Aragats, in Ashtarak, Abovyan, Vedi, Vayk, Kapan, and Meghri, regions.

Number in the wild

Some 4 – 6 species per hectare. The overall number is about 1000 – 1500 species.

Reasons for decrease in number

Intensive use of the territories by men. Catch of the snakes.

Number in captivity

Kept in some zoos of the former Soviet Union, Europe, and in the Institute of Zoology of Armenia.

Measures of protection taken

Preserved at Khosrov Nature Reserve.

External links

Tadevosyan's Herpetological Resources at