oa Journal of East African Natural History - A Trip to Al Aber, Quati State, Hadramaut, Eastern Aden Protectorate

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



The objectives of the trip were to collect specimens of Cerastes cerastes (Linnaeus), the Desert Horned-Viper, and of Echis coloratus Gunther, the Arabian Saw-scaled Viper. The habitat of both these snakes is desert, and in the case of the latter, semi-desert also. Al Aber is a fort in the Arabian Desert about 330 miles in a northerly direction from Mukalla which is on the coast, and 300 miles north-east of Aden itself. It is at an altitude of 3,300 feet. The area consists of isolated stony hills, sand, lava rocks and, in places, a certain amount of low scrub and coarse grass. There is no cultivation.

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