Slytherin’s snake, a new green pit viper found in India


A new green pit viper species of the genus Trimeresurus was recently discovered during the herpetological expedition to Arunachal Pradesh in India, part of the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot.



The team of researchers from India decided to name the newly-found species Trimeresurus salazar, after one of the founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry—Salazar Slytherin, the fictional character from J.K. Rowling’s saga “Harry Potter”.

The findings were published in this month Zoosystematics and Evolution journal, authored by Zeeshan Mirza of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, Mr. Harshal and Mr. Mandar of the Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, Mr. Gowande of Pune’s Fergusson College and Mr. Phansalkar of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

As stated in the journal, the team suggested to commonly call the snake as Salazar’s pit viper.

The pit vipers in the genus Trimeresurus are known to be venomous, mostly found throughout East and Southeast Asia.

The prime feature of the newly-discovered pit viper is its orange-reddish stripe found on the side of the head in males.


—(Source: CNN Philippines)