Short Communications

Current Distribution and Some Features of the Biology of the Common Lizard – Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823) (Lacertidae, Reptilia) in the Saratov Region

On the territory of the Saratov region, the populations of viviparous lizards mainly inhabit the river valleys of the Don basin. Most populations were found along the sides of lake basins. In the conditions of the drying up of floodplain lakes, some populations have degraded while the others have moved to river-bed biotopes. The reduction in the number of local populations has led to their increased disconnection.

On Eggs Re-Laying of Greenbelly Lizards from the Darevskia (Chlorogaster) Complex (Reptilia, Lacertidae)

The paper discusses cases of eggs re-laying in two lizard species from the Darevskia (chlorogaster) complex. A male and a female of D. Chlorogaster were captured on 22 March, 2016 in the Gilan province (Iran), and she subsequently laid eggs on 29 May (4 eggs) and 5 July (4 ones). The eggs had length of 10.4–12.8 mm, the width of 6.1–6.5 mm, and the weight of 0.240–0.340 g. Young lizards came out from seven eggs after 52–55 days of incubation. The body length of these newborn lizards was 22.9–27.8 mm, the tail length was 38.5–46.5 mm, and the weight was 0.330–0.460 g.

On the Distribution of Eremias arguta deserti (Gmelin, 1789) (Reptilia, Lacertidae) in Kabardino-Balkaria

The paper discusses the distribution of the Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta) in the North Caucasus, in the territory of Kabardino-Balkaria. A new find of the species from the Geduko natural boundary in the Baksan District is presented.

Condition of Populations and the Conservation Status of the Vipera renardi (Christoph, 1861) (Reptilia, Serpentes) in the Saratov Region

The historical and modern distributions of the steppe viper (Vipera renardi) in the territory of the Saratov region are analyzed. The condition of its local populations in various parts of the area is shown. The ne-cessity of monitoring and determining its conservation status in the publication of the Red DATA Book of the Saratov Region are established.

A New Record of Lacerta media Lantz et Cyrén, 1920 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) in Talysh

The paper discusses the spread of the medium lizard, Lacerta media, in the Talysh Mountains on the territory of Republic of Azerbaijan. Earlier, findings of this species were known in the North-Western part of the Talysh only. A new record of the medium lizard from the Sym village in the Astara District of Azerbaijan is presented.

On Anomalies of the Caudal Regeneration and Autotomy in Mediodactylus danilewskii (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae)

The paper presents data on the findings of three Danilewski’s gecko (Mediodactylus danilewskii) individuals with bifurcations of their regenerated tails in the Karadag Reserve (the southeastern Crimea). Possible causes of such an abnormality are discussed.

New Records of Amphibians and Reptiles in the Vladimir Region, Russia

New data on the distribution of 10 amphibian and 6 reptile species in the Vladimir Region is given. The list of species contains 198 new records including such rare species as Bombina bombina and Coronella austriaca.

SCHNEIDER'S SKINK (EUMECES SCHNEIDERI (DAUDIN, 1802)) AS A NEW SPECIES FOR THE FAUNA OF KAZAKHSTAN

In June 2017 on the territory of the Southern Kazakhstan region, on the right bank of the Syrdariya River, in the vicinities of the Darbaza mountain, under a nest of the long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus) the remains of 5 dead individuals of Schneider's skink (Eumeces schneideri) were found. This finding is located 110 km north-west from the nearest known habitation place of Schneider's skink on the Chatkal Range and allows us to include it into the herpetofauna list of Kazakhstan, and also to considerably expand our representations of its propagation north.

NEW RECORDS OF THE DIADEM SNAKE SPALEROSOPHIS DIADEMA (SQUAMATA, COLUBRIDAE) IN KAZAKHSTAN

The paper presents seven new records of the diadem snake Spalerosophis diadema in Kazakhstan in 2016 - 2017. It is proposed to include this species into the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan.

A NEW RECORD OF THE GREEN SEA TURTLE CHELONIA MYDAS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE BLACK SEA NEAR THE ABKHAZIA COAST

A new record of the green sea turtle Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) occurrence in the eastern part of the Black sea, on the territory of Republic of Abkhazia, is reported.

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