Daboia palaestinae 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Viperidae

Scientific Name: Daboia palaestinae
Species Authority: (Werner, 1938)
Common Name(s):
English Palestine Viper
Vipera palaestinae Werner, 1938
Taxonomic Notes: This species is included in Daboia following Lenk et al. (2001).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Hraoui-Bloquet, S., Sadek, R. & Werner, Y.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Temple, H.J.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from western Syria, through Lebanon and northern and central Israel to northwestern Jordan. This species is not found in Turkey. It can be found up to 1,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Syrian Arab Republic
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1500
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Population [top]

Population: It can be a common species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is present in most types of Mediterranean habitats and may be found in agricultural land and farm buildings. Animals can be found up trees.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Animals are caught for venom milking for anti-venom production.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species; it is generally persecuted as are most snake species. Animals are caught for venom milking for anti-venom production, but this is not a major threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in a number of protected areas. It is protected by national legislation in Israel.

Citation: Hraoui-Bloquet, S., Sadek, R. & Werner, Y. 2009. Daboia palaestinae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61495A12482149. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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