IUCN Red List Category: DD (Draft)
This species has been recorded from northeastern Sudan (where it was described from Erkowit in Red Sea Province - Boulenger 1914), Eritrea (a record from Asmara - Largen and Spawls 2010), and a site close to Dittolou in Djibouti (Ineich 2001). It may occur in northern Somalia (Ineich 2001). It is yet to be recorded from Ethiopia (Largen and Spawls 2010). It has an altitudinal range of 1,000 to 2,300 m als (Largen and Spawls 2010).
This snake is known from only three specimens, the most recent collected in Djibouti in 1999 (Largen and Spawls 2010). While it is considered rare (Ineich 2001), Largen and Spawls (2010) point out that the known records are from a very poorly-studied area.
This terrestrial species appears to be associated with arid areas, both open and with vegetation cover, and with scattered rocks. It is reportedly diurnal (Ineich 2001). It is believed to be oviparous (Largen and Spawls 2010).
There is no known use or trade of this species; Middle Eastern Eirenis are however relatively easy to keep and so present in the pet trade in small numbers (Spawls), and if this species is similar it may be of some interest to the pet trade.
It is unknown whether any conservation measures are required. It is not known if the species occurs in any protected areas. Research is needed to obtain more data on its distribution, population status, natural history and any threats.