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Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southern Altai

Systematic List         Amphibians and Reptiles

Moor Frog 

Rana arvalis 

Noted at Markakol and on the Burkhat Pass

Green Toad 

Bufo viridis

2 in pines across the lake at Rakhmanovskie Klyuchi

Sand Lizard 

Lacerta agilis 

Widespread - particularly Zaysan Camp. Some very large bright green males seen. 5/14

Common Lizard

Lacerta vivipara

1 at Markakol and 3 in pine forest across the  lake at Rakhmanovskie Klyuchi

Steppe Runner 

Eremurus arguta  

Very common in the Zaysan Desert. 3/14


Phrynocephalus helioscopa

2 seen by the Kiin Kerish Canyon, Zaysan

Zaysan Toad-headed Agama 

Phrynocephalus melanurus

Common in sandy desert near the first ferry  crossing at Lake Zaysan 


Vipera berus                        

A total of 10 seen at various localities. Most were very small! One had just been caught by a Red-backed Shrike. Quite a variety of colour forms including several almost black ones. 4/14

Haly's Pit Viper 

Agkistrodon halys 

1 seen on the road between Ust-Kamenogorsk and Zaysan

Dione Snake

Elaphus dione

1 seen on road between Ust-Kamenogorsk and Zaysan and another between Burkhat and the bee farm at Kamenka. 2/14

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