Nose-Horned Viper in Serbia-Continuation of Monitoring Population Status and Conservation Efforts

Tijana Cubric

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24 Mar 2016

Evaluation of Current Population Status and Threats of Nose-Horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes) in Serbia

Our aims:

-Continuation of population monitoring in order to draw population trends and assess the status of this species in Serbia.
-Investigation of venom markets
-Continuation of changing the social perception of this species and snakes in general by education of local community through lectures and an amateur educational video

Female nose-horned viper.©Tijana Cubric.

Female nose-horned viper.©Tijana Cubric.

Nose-horned vipers are listed in the IUCN Red List in the Least Concern category, Appendix II of the Bern Convention, Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive, and according to Serbian national law it is in category of protected species. Main findings of the first Rufford project include illegal harvesting in Krupanj surroundings for the venom supply, pollution with human waste, habitat fragmentation and deliberate killing at every locality. Main objectives of this project are:

Continuation of population monitoring in order to draw population trends and assess the status of this species in Serbia. Besides our previous collection of demographic and morphological data we are also going to include two additional analyses focused on parasite loads and behaviour with population dynamics (by camera trap) , which are all is very important for this understudied species and thus will be integrated into conservation strategy.

Investigation of venom markets

Continuation of creating better understanding of nose-horned vipers and snakes in general and help in changing the social perception of this rarely aggressive species through education activities. We will reconnect with the local inhabitants at our previous locations and also engage in direct interaction with inhabitants at the new locations, where we will explain the significance of conservation of the nose-horned viper and the possibility of venom extraction in the field and we will give lectures at every interested school and mountaineer societies from Krupanj, Kraljevo, Niš, and Bor. We will also create an amateur educational video which will be used in our lectures.

Project Updates

21 Apr 2017

Social media video featuring the project.

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