Echis carinatus sochureki

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Echis carinatus sochureki
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. sochureki
Trinomial name
Echis carinatus sochureki
Stemmler, 1969
  • Echis carinatus sochureki - Stemmler, 1969
  • Echis sochureki sochureki - Cherlin, 1983
  • Echis [(Turanechis)] sochureki - Cherlin, 1990
  • Echis [(Turanechis)] sochureki sochureki - Cherlin, 1990
  • Echis carinata sockureki - Das, 1996[1]

Common names: Sochurek's saw-scaled viper, eastern saw-scaled viper.[2]  
Echis carinatus sochureki is a venomous viper subspecies[3] found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and parts of the Arabian Peninsula.


The head is covered with small scales, except for 3-4 enlarged supraoculars. Midbody there are 29-33 rows of dorsal scales. The keels of the middorsal rows are flat.[2]

The color pattern consists of a tan, grayish or brown ground color with a central series of 30 whitish (never yellowish) blotches with dark brown edges. The flanks are marked with a row of wide arcs with distinct dark spots. The belly is whitish, with dark gray flecks. The head has a light arrow mark directed towards the snout. A light loreal stripe extends towards the angle of mouth.[2]

Geographic range

Found in northern India, Pakistan, southern Afghanistan, south and central Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.[4]

The Wildlife of Pakistan website gives the range as northern India, Pakistan (except the high mountains in north), southern Afghanistan, central Iran to the coast of the Iranian Gulf and Khuzestan.[2]

The type locality is "West Pakistan, Ban Kushdil Khan bei Pishin" (Pishin, West Pakistan).[1]


This subspecies is oviparous.[2]

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 2.3 2.4 Saw-scaled Viper, ... at Wildlife of Pakistan, Accessed 3 August 2006.
  3. Echis carinatus sochureki (TSN 635287) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 8 April 2007.
  4. 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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