Animal in Armenia
Սիրիական սխտորագորտ (“Siriakan skhtoragort”)
Rare species. Included in the Red Book of the former Soviet Union.
Habitat in Armenia
Nowadays mostly met near Echmiadzin, Masis, Sisian region and Voghjaberd (Kotayk region).
Number in the wild
According to 1956 data, 40 specimens were registered per 1 kilometer route. In 1976 this number decreased to 20 in Vayk region. Nowadays the number has rapidly decreased. In some places they have disappeared.
Reasons for decrease in number
Drainage of water reservoirs. Destruction of natural habitat.
Number in captivity
Used to be kept in the Institute of Zoology of Armenia.
Measures of protection taken
Some 1500 artificially raised specimens set free on Azat water reservoir (Artashat region) in 1985 – 1986.
Tadevosyan's Herpetological Resources at http://www.herp-am.narod.ru/Species/ps.htm