It is found in high mountain areas in Lebanon and Syria.
The original syntypes were collected in Lebanon at 1800 m. and in the Bolkar mountains of western Turkey at 2200 m. as described by Werner in 1898. In 1922, Werner restricted the designation to Lebanon in his designation of his specimens as a lectotype, and in 1938 separated out the southern varieties as a separate species (Vipera palaestinae). In 1967 Mertens raised the name bornmuellerwi to valid rank for the Lebanese populations, thus leaving the name xanthina for all Turkish populations, which arrangement was accepted by Baran in 1976, and agreed with by Nilson and Andrén in their 1985 paper.
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