Painted Saw Scaled Viper (Echis coloratus)

It grows to a maximum total length (body + tail) of 75 cm (30 in).3

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Description

It grows to a maximum total length (body + tail) of 75 cm (30 in).3

Common names
Painted saw-scaled viper,3 painted carpet viper, Burton’s carpet viper,4 Palestine saw-scaled viper,5 Arabian saw-scaled viper,6 Mid-East saw-scaled viper.6

Geographic range
It is found in the Middle East in Sinai, Israel, and Jordan. On the Arabian Peninsula it has been recorded from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman. In Africa it occurs in eastern Egypt east of the Nile and as far south as the 24th parallel.

The type locality given is “on Jebel Shárr, at an altitude of 4500 feet … Midian” (Saudi Arabia, 1371 m altitude).1

Habitat
It occurs in rocky deserts, from sea level to altitudes as high as 2,500 m (8,200 ft). It is not found in sandy deserts.4