The snake fauna of Khabr National Park, southeast of Iran

Document Type : Research articles



Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge are situated in the southeast of Iran,
Kerman Province. Although snakes are an important group in the studied area, little is
known regarding their diversity. The present study was carried out from March 2009 to
late summer 2010. In this study, 74 specimens were collected (or observed) and
identified, belonging to four families, 14 genera, and 17 species, including Typhlopidae:
Typhlops vermicularis; Colubridae: Boiga trigonatum melanocephala, Hemorrhois ravergieri,
Lytorhynchus diadema gaddi, Lytorhynchus ridgewayi, Platyceps rhodorachis ladacensis, Platyceps
ventromaculatus ventromaculatus, Psammophis schokari, Pseudocyclophis persicus, Spalerosophis
diadema cliffordii, Spalerosophis microlepis, Telescopus rhinopoma, Eirenis punctatolineatus; Viperidae:
Echis carinatus sochureki, Macrovipera lebetina cernovi, Pseudocerastes persicus; Elapidae:
Walterinnesia morgani. The records of Spalerosophis microlepis, Lytorhynchus diadema gaddi,
Pseudocyclophis persicus and Walterinnesia morgani are reported for the first time from
southeast of Iran.