Geographical Range Turkey
Habitat Rocky mountain areas
Scientific Name Montivipera bulgardaghica
Conservation Status Critically endangered

This rare snake lives only in the high, rugged mountain ranges of south central Turkey, and its rarity is contributing to its doom. Specialist reptile collectors are always on the lookout for species that are rare or have a limited range, as well as those that are attractive or venomous. The vipers in Turkey and Southwest Asia combine all of these properties, so they have been severely over-collected. The Saint Louis Zoo is helping to save the rare mountain vipers of Turkey and Armenia (see side story).

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.