Common Names Steppe Ribbon Racer, Rapid Snake
Synonym (2) Coluber (Taphrometopon) lineolatus BRANDT 1836
Coluber caspius LICHTENSTEIN 1823
Chorisodon Sibericum DUMERIL & BIBRON 1854: 902(fide PETERS 1861: 483)
Taphrometopon lineolatum — BOULENGER 1896: 151
Psammophis triticeus WALL 1912 (fide SMITH 1943)
Taphrometopon lineolatum — SCHMIDT 1939
Psammophis lineolatus — SMITH 1943: 367
Psammophis lineolatum — FRYNTA et al. 1997 
Distribution East shore of Caspian Sea to S/E Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan,
Mongolia, NW China (Gansu, Ningxia, Xinjiang)
Type locality: Transcaspia  (2)

Details of Tajikistan (see: Tajikistan 2002, State of the Environment Report, name = Taphrometopon lineolatum):

"Foothill semi desert ecosystems occupy high terraces of the plains in the lower reaches of rivers: Pyandj, Vakhsh, Kafirnigan, Syrdarya, and Zeravshan. In southern Tajikistan, nearly 30 thousand hectares of these ecosystems are included into protected area of the “Tigrovaya Balka” nature reserve. Typical communities are saxaul (Haloxylon persicum), saltwort (Salsola richteri), wormwood (Artemisia tenuisecta), Hammada leptoclada, sedge (Carex physodes), Halostachys belangeriana, Halocharis hispida. They play an important role in protecting soils, preventing erosion, and used as winter pastures, which make 30-40% of the total winter pastures. Many areas of these ecosystems are degraded and cultivated for irrigated agriculture. Endemic species of fauna, which have regional and global value, can be found here. The animal world of the ecosystems is represented by species, which are adapted to open areas, with rare vegetation and hot dry climate. Typical mammals are: Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), jakal (Canis aureus), big-eared hedgehog (Paraechinus hynomelus), and steppe cat (Felis ornald). Among reptiles, there are: steppe agama (Agama sanguinolenta), gray monitor lizard (Varanus griseus), rapid snake (Taphrometopon lineolatum), and echis (Echis carinatus).

"The species doesn’t have any aggressive behavior and usually has elusive behavior when in contact with humanity."(3)



(1) iNaturalist site, October 2013.

(2) The Reptile Database

(3) Yousefkhani e.a. 2014