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Range DescriptionThis species is restricted to the Pontic Black Sea region of Turkey, where it is known from the Çoruh Valley in Vilayet Artvin. An additional specimen was found in a tea plantation near the Turkish-Georgian border, northwest of Artvin (Baran et al. 2001). It is possible that a population of this species could be present also in adjacent Georgia, however this needs to be confirmed. The record from the vicinity of Çamlihemsin in Vilayet Rize (Baran and Atatür 1997) should be referred to Vipera barani (Mallow et al. 2003; Göran Nilson pers. comm. March 2009) It occurs up to 1,000m asl.