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Range DescriptionThis species is restricted to the Pontic Black Sea region of Turkey, where it is known from the oruh 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 amlihemsin in Vilayet Rize (Baran and Atatr 1997) should be referred to Vipera barani (Mallow et al. 2003; Gran Nilson pers. comm. March 2009) It occurs up to 1,000m asl.