An international group of scientists revealed a new species of European snakes that live on the territory of Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq.
It was called Elaphe urartica, in honor of the ancient state of Urartu. More than a thousand years ago, between the IX and VI centuries BC, it flourished on the territory of modern Armenian highlands around lake van, where the reptiles are found, reports .
“What is our life? Game!”“World mind games”: the premiere of “World” Species belongs to the genus of rat snakes, or rat snakes (Elaphe). Interestingly, it also includes Elaphe sauromates, they are also Sarmatian runners. Their name recalls the nomadic tribe of the Sarmatians who once inhabited the vast steppes of Eurasia.
Scientists say that snakes are very difficult to observe in the field, not least because they live in regions with complex geopolitical situation (particularly in Iraq).
Collecting materials for this study lasted for 17 years.
Note that tree-climbing snakes are common not only in Europe and Asia, but also in the Americas. They eat small vertebrates, clasping the prey in the manner of a boa constrictor. Prefer to live on trees, choosing a dry or, conversely, humid tropical areas.
Earlier it was reported that the snakes unknown to science species found in Africa. Due to the special structure of the skull they can attack the victim from the side, causing her to punch Fang in the corner of the mouth.