Reptiles

There are around 5 species of reptiles in Durminskoye. Snakes are the most common reptile during the warmer seasons. Almost all snakes on the reserve are non venomous and quite easily handled, while those that are so (e.g. copperhead) are mildly venomous and certainly not lethal. Bites are extremely rare and unprecedented on the reserve. (All below photos are taken on the reserve).

The following two are the most common species (see below for our complete list of other snakes)

Amur Rat Snake or Russian Rat Snake (Lat. Elaphe schrenki) is found in the Amur River basin; in eastern Mongolia, southeastern Siberia, Northern Manchuria and Korea. It is typically 140-180 cm long. It is one variety of rat snake, feeding primarily on small mammals, birds & bird eggs. Amur Rat Snake is often found in wetlands, but is also found in a variety of other habitats such as rocky hillsides. It is a very good climber, found as high up in trees as 6 meters. It is officially a protected species in Russia.

Steppes Rat Snake (Lat. Elaphe dione) is famous in the Eastern Europe, eastern China, East Russia, South and North Korea. It lives in dry, hot, sandy, arid regions, old walls and crevices. The snake has a length between 60cm to 70 cm though some specimens have been documented at a record of 120 cm. It feeds on plenty of small mammals and rats.

• Steppes Ratsnake (Lat. Elaphe dione)
• Ladder Ratsnake (Lat. Elaphe rufodorsata)
• Amur "Russian" Ratsnake (Elaphe schrencki schrencki)
• Siberian Copperhead / Pit Viper (Lat. Gloydius halys halys)
• Fierce Snake (Lat. Agkistrodon saxatilis –Emelianov or Ancistrodon intermedius)

Fish
The following two fish are swimming in our rivers and streams.

• Lenok (Lat. Brachymystax lenok)
• Amur grayling (Lat.Thymallus arcticus grubii)