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Echis pyramidum aliaborri

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Echis pyramidum aliaborri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Echis
Species: E. pyramidum
Subspecies: E. p. aliaborri
Trinomial name
Echis pyramidum aliaborri
Drews & Sacherer, 1974
  • Echis carinatus aliaborri - Drews & Sacherer, 1974
  • Echis p[yramidum]. aliaborri - Cherlin, 1983
  • Echis [(Toxicoa)] varia aliaborri - Cherlin, 1990
  • Echis pyramidum aliaborri - Golay et al., 1993[1]

Common names: red carpet viper,[2] Kenyan carpet viper.[3]  
Echis pyramidum aliaborri is a venomous viper subspecies[4] found only in northern Kenya.


Known for their relatively large supraocular scales and characteristic orange-red color.[5]

Geographic range

Found only in northern Kenya.[6] The type locality is described as "approximately 8 km north of Wajir Town, Wajir District, Kenya."[1]

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. Spawls S, Branch B. 1995. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa. Ralph Curtis Books. Dubai: Oriental Press. 192 pp. ISBN 0-88359-029-8.
  3. Echis pyramidum at Munich AntiVenom INdex
  4. Echis pyramidum aliaborri (TSN 635242) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 14 April 2007.
  5. Spawls S, Howell K, Drewes R, Ashe J. 2004. A Field Guide To The Reptiles Of East Africa. A & C Black Publishers Ltd., London. 543 pp. ISBN 0-7136-6817-2.
  6. 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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