Poisonous snakes of the island of Kunashir
Sensational news environment: in the area Askochensky sources in the North-Western coast of Kunashir were found very unusual for these places fauna – poisonous snakes.
Individuals Eastern Copperhead snake was found by staff at the reserve “of the Kuril” during one of the planned expeditions for the purpose of monitoring the environment.
According to one representative of the reserve, candidate of biological Sciences Yuri Chests, this type of snake was spotted in one of the neglected areas of Kunashir. The place that is home to snakes, is quite inaccessible to humans and, therefore, extremely attractive to reptiles. Discovered of fauna in one of the seaside terraces, which rises above the sea of about 20-30 meters. Only managed to see five poisonous animals.
The reserve staff immediately decided that a new instance needs to be carefully examined. For these purposes, to process the specialist was involved in Copperhead, candidate of biological Sciences Nikolay Orlov.
The scientist immediately said that throughout the history of research of the Kuril fauna has been done quite a lot of attempts to find a Copperhead on the Islands of Shikotan, Kunashir and Iturup. However, neither during the Soviet nor in the period of Japanese studies they were not detected.
According to Orlov, he has for several years studied the snakes of the Far East of Russia, Japan, China and Korea, and more than once he formed an expedition searching for new species of snakes, and Copperhead in particular. However, to detect this kind he had not yet succeeded. The scientist is lost in conjectures, what could happen, what event led to the appearance of these snakes. A big success was also the fact that the employees of the reserve have been so easy to find these snakes in large numbers.
At the moment science has evidence that this type of snake does not exist on Sakhalin and the data about their presence in Japan are also rather contradictory. And because the discovery holds great promise in the study of the ecology of the region, specifically in the study of the new settlers of the reserve.