Distribution of European Cat Snake Telescopus fallax (Fleischmann, 1831) (Reptilia: Colubridae) in South-Western Bulgaria
 
Lyuben D. Domozetski1, Alexander N. Pulev1*, Lidia G. Sakelarieva1, George N. Manolev1, Borislav Y. Naumov2
 
1 - South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, Ecology and Environmental Protection,
66 Ivan Mihailov Street, 2700 Blagoevgrad, BULGARIA
2 - Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Yurii Gagarin Street, 1113 Sofia, BULGARIA
*Corresponding author: pulev.alex@abv.bg
 
Abstract. The European Cat Snake is one of the most recently discovered representatives of the Bulgarian herpetofauna, and one of the rarest snakes in Bulgaria. The research presented aims to update the data about the distribution of Telescopus fallax in south-western Bulgaria. Many new records from the Struma River valley are reported. To the north the species reaches the city of Blagoevgrad and its surroundings. Some data on the biology and ecology of the snake in this part of the country are also reported.
 
Key words: colubrid snakes, new localities, UTM grid, highest altitude, biogeography, nocturnal activity, Balkan Peninsula.
 

Ecologia Balkanica, 2019, Special Edition 2, pp. 139-146
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