Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cool: New reptile species discovered

Just goes to show you that even with a few billion people and Google Earth there are still wildlife discoveries to be made.

Glad to see we don't know it all.

In a remote Tanzanian forest lies a new species of horned viper discovered during 2010-2011 biodiversity surveys. Check out National Geographic’s gallery of the elusive predator:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/12/pictures/111230-snakes-horned-vipers-tanzania-secret-animals-science/?source=hp_dl1_news_viper20120103

The snakes are called Matilda’s horned vipers. Their exact location is being kept secret in order to protect them from pet collectors.

The snakes sport black and yellow zigzag markings and yellow, hornlike scales above their olive-colored eyes. Although little is known about the snakes’ biology, scientists do know that they share at least one quality with other vipers: They are venomous.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
JFrischkorn@News-Herald.com
Twiter: @Fieldkorn

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