About me

email:  viperskin@gmail.com


 Alexej(Lösha) Vladimir Darafeyenka, born 1977-08-12.

1984-1994 : Primary school(1990-1994 - Humanitarian course).

1988-1992 : Studying courses : "Ecology of the orchids(Orchidaceae) of the Crimea", "Parasitology of animals" and "Physiology and ecology of animals", naturalistic work on the field and publishing the articles: "Emys orbicularis - the rare species of herpetofauna of the Crimea", "Leucocytes analisis of blood tests of neonate rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) exploring the possibility of saprolegniosis depending on daylight intensity". A.O.Kovalevski Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.  Keeping Vipera u.renardi, Natrix, Coluber, Elaphe, Zamenis, Darevskia, Lacerta, Triturus sp., Hyla arborea, Emys orbicularis.

1992-1994 : Studying Vipera ursinii renardi - fieldwork, scientific work "Ecology and morphology of Vipera ursinii renardi". A.O.Kovalevski Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Breeding V.u.renardi in captivity.

1996-2000 : Studying Vipera berus - field assistant, scientific work "Taxonomy, ecology and biology of Vipera berus". Belorussian State University, Minsk. Breeding V.berus, V.u.renardi in captivity.

2001-2003 - a teacher of biology/geography.

2000 - 2009 : Studying palearktic vipers, Vipera kaznakovi complex - field assistant, breeding in captivity and conservation projects of Vipera(Pelias) dinniki, Vipera(Pelias) orlovi, Vipera(Pelias) kaznakovi in cooperation with Tula Exotarium, Academy of Scienses of Russian Federation.                                                                                                                                   Summer expeditions to the North-Western Caucasus, the Caucasian State Biospheric Nature Reserve.                                                                                 Breeding other european Vipera(Pelias), Montivipera sp. in captivity.

Now keeping (2009-02) :

Vipera(Pelias) dinniki (big group, 4 localities)
Vipera(Pelias) orlovi  (big group, 2 localities)
Vipera(Pelias) kaznakovi 3,4 (the northern form, Russia)
Vipera(Pelias) nikolskii 2,3
Vipera latastei gaditana 1,1
Vipera(Pelias) berus 1,1
Vipera transcaucasiana: 1,2(Georgia)+2,1(Turkey)
Montivipera albizona 3,5
Montivipera bulgardaghica 2,2
Montivipera wagneri  1,2
Montivipera r.raddei  1,1
Montivipera xanthina 2,4

Asian pit-vipers:
Ovophis okinavensis 2,2

Colubrids:                                                                                                                 Boiga cyanea 1,1

Camponotus herculeanus (Sweden)
Camponotus herculeanus caucasicus (the Caucasus, Russia)



- the Malaja Laba river gorge, the Achishkho mount.



 Vipera kaznakovi complex   species :

Vipera(Pelias) darevskii 

Vipera(Pelias) dinniki

Vipera(Pelias) kaznakovi 

Vipera(Pelias) magnifica 

Vipera(Pelias) orlovi


CB Vipera(Pelias) dinniki 

CB Vipera(Pelias) kaznakovi

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Ovophis gallery

   Ants(Myror), the Caucasus