Road Killed specimen
a toad (bad quality pic)
Was introduced here in 1990th by Karen Martirosyan in the area of the Zoo. In 1997 formed a small but stable population. After a local fire in 2000, I haven't seen these lizard here any more.
Originally from Meghry Mountain Ridge, Armenia.
Dal, 1948, Darevsky, 1957
Photo of 2 adult vipers made in captivity
This population in Avan is extinct due to the habitat loss. Locally lacerta media was abundant in a wet grass and in wooded areas surrounded small ponds and drainage lines. After massive deforestation, drying water bodies, and privatization of this lands Lacerta media got dispalced by somewhat similarly looking but smaller and more dry-resistant Lacerta stigata.
Originally From Meghry Mountain Ridge, Armenia
Iris lineolata (= Iris acutiloba lineolata)
Originally from Zangezour mountains of Armenia.
1 speciemn was oserved in the small habitat patch along the rail-road. Revisiting this spot in 2007 shown that this habitat got destroyed due to extensive construction and the species got extinct from this location
Adult specimen was found crossing the road. Following observations did not disclose any other lizards later on. This population got extinct due to habitat loss.
It was about 60 cm in length