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Vipera ursinii

Vipera ursinii
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Copyright: Aleksandar Simovic (asimovic) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (112)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 12:59
Viewed: 4981
Points: 20
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Adults average 40-50 cm in length, although specimens of 63-80 cm have been reported.
Limited range, rather small populations (scattered across Europe) in southeastern France, central Italy, west Balkans, northern Greece (Pindos), Hungary, Romania. Extinct in Austria and probably Bulgaria
This species is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with the following criteria: A1c+2c (v2.3, 1994) This indicates an observed, estimated, inferred or suspected population reduction of at least 80% over the last 10 years or three generations, whichever is the longer, based on a decline in area of occupancy, extent of occurrence and/or quality of habitat. For the same reason, a population reduction of at least 80% is projected or suspected to be met within the next 10 years or three generations, whichever is the longer. Year assessed: 1996.
In addition, this species is listed on CITES Appendix I, which means that it is threatened with extinction if trade is not halted, and is a strictly protected species (Appendix II) under the Berne Convention.

There is high genetic diversity within samples of V. ursinii and several species may be involved. At least six subspecies may be encountered in modern literature:

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Huge quality portrait of a poisonous snake.The focus of this photo is caught by its eye.An excellent one!

Hello Aleksandar,
Great portrait of this rare viper. Fantastic colours and eye. Nice to see his tongue too. Best regards,

This is awesome capture of this beauty while the forked tongue extended out for smeling Alexander. However ursini does not exits in Turkey! It was deleted from the herpetofaunal list of Turkey. Now that form called as Vipera anatolica.
TFS this beauty!


nice closeup, TFS Ori

Beautiful snake taken just in the right moment to see its cloven tongue.

Great close up Alex! Brilliant point of view, detail and composition!
George Veltchev

Hi Aleksandar,
A lovely portrait of this beautiful snake. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Such an elegant snake and nice photo with great timing. TFS.

Fantastic animal from a great pov! very nice dof and sharpness!

Hello Alexandar,
Perfect timming.
Exallant picture.
Very well

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