Geographical Range Central Turkey
Habitat Rocky mountain areas with scattered shrubs
Scientific Name Vipera albizona
Conservation Status Endangered

This viper was first discovered in 1989 by two Swedish herpetologists conducting fieldwork in the mountains of central Turkey. For conservation reasons the exact location has not been published. Due to its small range, it was feared that the population would be destroyed as a result of over-collection by European and Turkish snake enthusiasts.

There is considerable debate among herpetologists as to whether this is a valid species or if it should be classified as a subspecies (type) of the closely related Ottoman viper.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.