Vipera nikolskii

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Vipera nikolskii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Vipera
Species: V. nikolskii
Binomial name
Vipera nikolskii
Vedmederja, Grubant & Rudajewa, 1986
  • Vipera nikolskii - Vedmederja, Grubant & Rudajewa, 1986[1]

Common names: Nikolsky's adder, forest-steppe adder.[2]  
Vipera nikolskii is a venomous viper species endemic in Ukraine.[1] No subspecies are currently recognized.[3]


Adults are short and thick-bodied, growing to a maximum length of 680 mm.[2]

Holotype: ZDKU 14704, according to Golay et al. (1993).[1]

Geographic range

Found in central Ukraine.[1] Mallow et al. (2003) mention that the distribution is concentrated in the forest-steppe zone of the Charkov region in Ukraine.[2] The type locality, according to Golay et al. (1993), is the banks of the Uda river, between Besljudovka and Vasishtshevo , near Kharkov.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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.
  3. Vipera nikolskii (TSN 634997) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 2 July 2007.