Echis carinatus multisquamatus

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Echis carinatus multisquamatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Echis
Species: E. carinatus
Subspecies: E. c. multisquamatus
Trinomial name
Echis carinatus multisquamatus
Cherlin 1981
  • Echis multisquamatus - Cherlin, 1981
  • Echis [(Turanechis)] multisquamatus - Cherlin, 1990
  • E[chis]. c[arinatus]. multisquamatus - Auffenberg & Rehman, 1991
  • Echis carinata multisquamatus - Das, 1996[1]

Common names: multiscale saw-scaled viper, transcaspian saw-scaled viper.[2]  
Echis carinatus multisquamatus is a venomous viper subspecies[3] found in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Grows to 38-80 cm in length, but usually no more than 60 cm.[4]

Head mark always cross-shaped; lateral white line continuous undulating; narrow transverse white bands on middorsum; 34-40 midbody dorsal scale counts (highest of all subspecies); ventrals 169-199 (highest of all subspecies).[2]

Geographic range

From Uzbekistan, south to Iran and east to western Pakistan.[4]

The Wildlife of Pakistan website describes the range as from the Caspian Sea through Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent) into Tajikistan, along the Afghan border up to Hindukush, northeastern Balochistan, North-West Frontier Province and eastern Iran.[2]

The type locality is listed as "Bairam-Ali, Mariskaya oblast, Turkmeniya" (Bairam-Ali, Mariskaya district, Turkmenia).[1]


Described as a separate species, E. multisquamatus, by Mallow et al. (2003).[4]

See also

Cited references

  1. 1.0 1.1 McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Saw-scaled Viper, ... at Wildlife of Pakistan, Accessed 3 August 2006.
  3. Echis carinatus multisquamatus (TSN 635289) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 8 April 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mallow D, Ludwig D, Nilson G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 359 pp. ISBN 0-89464-877-2.

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