Distribution, living space and population status of the adder Vipera berus berus Linnaeus, 1758, in Thuringia Verbreitung, Lebensraum und Bestandssituation der Kreuzotter Vipera berus berus Linnaeus, 1758 im Freistaat Thueringen

Noellert, A.

Mertensiella 1 Dezember; 15: 52-89


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The distribution of the adder (Vipera berus berus) in Thuringia is described, listing all historical and actual records. From 1960 to 2003 the species was found at 613 locations, clustering in the Thuringian mountains and the Sandstone-Hill-Regions of southwestern- and eastern Thuringia. The habitat types used most frequently within these regions are listed. Based on the decline observed within the last decades the adder is ranked as endangered in this country. Reasons for the decline, conservation measures and the tasks of further field research are discussed.