That afternoon we moved on to the Pambak Mountains, northwest of Lake Sevan. East of the village of Hankavan, we visited a valley, surrounded by highlands, with several peaks reaching 3000 m or more. Above timberline, at the end of this valley, we searched for Vipera eriwanensis, one of Armenia’s two high-altitude vipers (the other being V. darevskii, which is limited to the extreme north). It took quite a while before we finally found one, on a south-facing slope.
This pleasant area was furthermore full of Rana macrocnemis and Lacerta agilis. Noteworthy was also the discovery in just a short time of six Coronella austriaca, while in the village down the valley we found Darevskia unisexualis.
Before heading to our hotel, our Armenian friends surprised us by taking us to the mineral hot springs in Hankavan. A half-an-hour plunge into these springs proved to be very relaxing!
|Reptiles & amphibians||Hankavan|
|Marsh frog||Pelophylax ridibunda||5|
|Green toad||Bufo viridis||3|
|Caucasus frog||Rana macrocnemis||>20|
|Sand Lizard||Lacerta agilis||>20|
|Armenian Rock Lizard||Darevskia armeniaca||1|
|Slow worm||Anguis fragilis||1|
|Smooth snake||Coronella austriaca||6|
|Grass snake||Natrix natrix||2|
|Erivanian meadow viper||Vipera eriwanensis||1|
|Corn crake||Crex crex||1|